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Threat potential of pharmaceutical based agents

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Peter Blain


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© 2020, © 2020 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. The potential use of ‘pharmaceuticals’ has been identified by civilian law enforcement agencies, and counter-terrorism responders, as a threat that fills the gap between physical restraint and lethal weapons. This rise in availability of synthetic opiates reassessment of the overall public health threat from pharmaceutical based agents. The large quantities of illicitly synthetized novel opioids create a significant risk of accidental exposures or, potentially, a major deliberate release, and represents a global health security concern. Here we present a health security risk assessment of PBAs and approaches to threat prevention or mitigation, gaps in research, and medical countermeasure considerations.

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Author(s): Heslop DJ, Blain PG

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Intelligence and National Security

Year: 2020

Volume: 35

Issue: 4

Pages: 539-555

Online publication date: 23/04/2020

Acceptance date: 02/04/2018

ISSN (print): 0268-4527

ISSN (electronic): 1743-9019

Publisher: Routledge


DOI: 10.1080/02684527.2020.1750158


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