Finland: Police update safety protocols over life-threatening illegal drugs

The forensic lab of the National Bureau of Investigation has updated its safety guidelines for handling and investigating powerful synthetic opioids, which have become more common in Finland’s illegal drug trade.

Detective Jari Luoto from the Central Finland police department says the new recommendations – which include using respirators, protective clothing and gloves – have alerted even senior drug squad detectives to the dangers of the new boom in synthetic substances.

“The particle concentration is so dangerous in certain drugs that even we have to protect ourselves just to study them,” Luoto says.

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