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Arkansas police department apologizes for 'confusing' fentanyl warning

Arkansas police department apologizes for 'confusing' fentanyl warning

The police department wrote that touching the cart and then "rub your nose or touch your child's mouth" could turn out to be deadly.

Several hours later, the Leachville Police Department took down the original post from their Facebook page, and replaced it with this statement: "The post about the fentanyl was sent to me from another officer at another Department".

There has been a warning this week on the risky residues of drugs on shopping carts that could enter the body of people touching them. While is it nearly impossible for a person on fentanyl to spread the substance just through touch, the drug itself can cause harm if it makes direct contact with a person's skin.

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He says the opioid problem is huge and some types are very strong.

A local undercover drug task force agent says officers are doing what they can to avoid the drug. But experts said the chances of becoming sick by touching it on a shopping cart are minuscule. "Wiping cart handles does more to prevent the spread of flu than the spread of powdered fentanyl".

"Tampa Fire Rescue is unaware of any instances involving transference of fentanyl from a grocery cart to a person". Lakin says first responders and firefighters are sometimes exposed when they are in contact with someone who overdosed and can get symptoms of an overdose themselves.


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