New, powerful opiate sparks worries for LEOs

LENOIR, NC — A powerful new opiate approved just days ago by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has sparked concerns, particularly among local law enforcement officials, that it could worsen the already serious problem of drug abuse.

The drug, Dsuvia, is intended to manage severe pain in hospitals and military combat, but Sgt. John Howard of the Lenoir Police Department said he fears that eventually addicts will find a way to get it.