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Opioid crisis; Analysis by toxicologist pinpointed OD threat

Mar 22, 2017 - The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio)

No matter how hard he looked, a frustrated Dan Baker couldn't find the answer. Knowing it could help save lives, though, he refused to give up.

His tenacity was rewarded when Baker, chief toxicologist in the Franklin County coroner's office, developed a new test to detect even minute quantities of carfentanil, a little-known, man-made opioid used to tranquilize elephants, polar bears, moose and other large animals. Baker's test helped officials across Ohio and the country determine that th...