(U//FOUO) New Jersey Fusion Center Drug Monitoring Initiative (DMI) Drug Identification Guide

The following drug identification guide was released to law enforcement by the New Jersey Regional Operations Intelligence Center on February 12, 2015.  The document was obtained from the public website of a drug and alcohol treatment facility.


New Jersey Regional Operations Intelligence Center (NJ ROIC) Drug Monitoring Initiative (DMI)

  • 7 pages
  • For Official Use Only
  • February 12, 2015


(U//FOUO) The New Jersey Regional Operations Intelligence Center (NJ ROIC) monitors New Jersey drug environment through the Drug Monitoring Initiative (DMI), providing an understanding of the presence and prevalence of drugs in regions throughout the state. This pill guide is for law enforcement officers and public safety officials to utilize when encountering pill products during the course of their daily duties.

(U) The NJ ROIC monitors drug activity in New Jersey and the surrounding region through the Drug Monitoring Initiative (DMI). The purpose of the Drug Monitoring Initiative is to establish a multi-jurisdictional, multi-state drug incident information-sharing environment through the robust collection and analysis of drug seizures, overdoses, related criminal behavior, and healthcare related services.

(U//FOUO) There are often misconceptions regarding the terms “opioid” and “opiate.” The terms are often used interchangeably. Opioids are synthetic or partly synthetic, meaning the active ingredients are manufactured by chemical synthesis. Opiates are substances derived from the poppy plant, which contains opium. Common opiates include morphine, codeine, and thebaine (paramorphine) which are all made directly from poppy plants.

(U//FOUO) On the street, “heroin” may refer to synthetic, natural, or semi-synthetic compounds. Manufactured opioids, like Oxycontin, are sometimes referred to as “synthetic heroin.” Heroin as originally formulated, is technically an opioid since it is chemically manufactured. Although molecules from the opium plant are used in the process, some of heroin’s active ingredients are not found in nature.

(U//FOUO) The following information is provided regarding some of the most commonly seen and seized opioid and non-opioid pills throughout the state. Brand names are included for situational awareness.

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