BGSU forensics lab taking lead role in fight against opioid abuse

BGSU forensics lab taking lead role in fight against opioid abuse

BOWLING GREEN, OH (WTOL) - Finding ways to fight the opioid crisis is becoming more important every day and Bowling Green State University is taking a lead role in that fight.

BGSU's crime lab recently received a $200 thousand grant from Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine's office.

The lab will be a part of a study that will field test drugs for opioids.

The forensics crime lab, which is on the university's campus, will test paper cards.

Those cards are used by first responders and are able to detect opioids in the field.

BGSU'S president Rodney Rogers says the university aims to address the critical issues facing the state of Ohio and feels this lab does so.

Attorney General DeWine says this approach is good for law enforcement and taxpayers.

"We really want to develop a safe way for law enforcement officers to do this testing. So it's really been a win-win. It's saved taxpayer dollars as well as put Ohio on the map as far as forensic research," said DeWine.

DeWine says he feels BGSU is the best public university in Ohio to be conducting this research because of their continued success in their forensics department.

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