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3:13 PM 11/27/2017
Drug pushers are adapting to the war on opioids by chemically altering painkillers to avoid legal consequences, but these designer drugs can help dealers avoid criminal charges and pose a danger to the health of users.
In Tennessee, law enforcement officials are seeing these new counterfeit prescription drugs known as “analogues” and are having trouble keeping up with the changes, according to TheTennessean.
Tommy Farmer, director of the Tennessee Dangerous Drug Task Force, called the situation a “nightmare.”
“They can shift an oxygen molecule here or a hydrogen group over there and that slightest shift affects the legality of it,” Farmer said.
Synthetic opioids have yet to be added to the state’s list of