Fentanyl Poses a Serious Risk to First Responders
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has issued a warning to first responders and local law enforcement agencies—including police dogs (K-9 units)—about the dangers of accidental exposure to fentanyl. Improper handling of even very small amounts of the drug can have deadly consequences.
Fentanyl is a powerful narcotic responsible for an epidemic of overdose deaths. The drug is up to 50 times more potent than heroin, and exposure to the equivalent of just “a few grains of sand” can be fatal, said DEA administrator Chuck Rosenberg.
He warned all first responders to use proper personal protective equipment before handling any suspicious material and avoid field testing any substance suspected of containing fentanyl.