Improving National Laboratory Capability and Capacity to Measure Human Exposure to Synthetic Opioids

Improving National Laboratory Capability and Capacity to Measure Human Exposure to Synthetic Opioids

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This webinar originally occurred on September 3, 2019 
Duration: 1 hour


The CDC laboratory at the National Center for Environmental Health is collaborating with public, private, and academic laboratories to respond to the opioid overdose epidemic. Some states are leveraging Laboratory Response Network for Chemical Threats (LRN-C) infrastructure to respond to the epidemic. The webinar will cover performance of screening immunoassays, with highlights on cross-reactivity gaps in contrast to fentanyl chemical structure. Traceable Opioid Material* Kits (TOM Kits*), developed by CDC, will be described.  These kits have been designed to measure fentanyl-like compounds reported in the DEA Emerging Threat Reports. CDC is sharing these reference kits with public, private, and academic laboratories in order to encourage more consistent laboratory measurements across the United States.

*TRACEABLE OPIOID MATERIAL, TOM KITS, and the TOM KITS logo are marks of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Detailed Learning Objectives

  1. How to contact the national Laboratory Response Network for Chemical Threats (LRN-C)
  2. How immunoassays have varying sensitivities for fentanyl analog
  3. How DEA registered laboratories can obtain free fentanyl reference materials (TOM Kits*)


  • Dr. Rudolph Johnson | Chief of the Emergency Response Branch (ERB) at CDC's Division of Laboratory Sciences

Funding for this Forensic Technology Center of Excellence webinar has been provided by the National Institute of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice.

The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this webinar are those of the presenter(s) and do not necessarily reflect those of the U.S. Department of Justice.

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