As synthetic opioid overdose deaths continues to rise, the use of fentanyl and its analogues in legacy drugs are posing significant danger to communities, as well as first responders. Fentanyl has become popular in illicit drug sales by itself, or as a cutting agent in heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamine. The lethal dose of pure fentanyl is estimated at 2 milligrams for a typical adult (Reference: U.S. DEA). Responders encounter fentanyl in various forms, such as powder, tablet or liquid and risk potential fatal exposure if swallowed or inhaled. They are faced with this problem at our borders, in mailrooms, and on the streets.
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