fact check: can you overdose from fentanyl left on shopping carts?

by:QINGTAI     2020-04-18
Warnings about the dangers of drug residues in shopping carts went viral this week --
But experts quickly expressed doubts about the accuracy of the statement.
The Leachville Police Department in Arkansas says customers should wipe their hands frequently before using the cart handle, as a lethal drug like Fen may be left behind and enter your body by contacting the skin.
\"All you have to do is rub your nose or touch your child\'s mouth,\" the police station wrote . \".
\"Children who have just come into contact with powder or residue are a bad condition that can be fatal.
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Not to mention overdoses.
The residue on the cart is \"completely impossible \".
\"It\'s like comparing the post-80 s HIV epidemic when people claim you can sit in the toilet and get HIV,\" Sabora told CBS News . \".
\"This is dangerous for opium users.
It\'s like touching them will kill you? It\'s not true. \"Dr.
Christopher Hoyte, deputy medical director of the Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center and faculty of emergency medicine at the University of Colorado Medical School, said he could not say it was \"impossible \", it is said that this is \"very impossible \".
Hoyte told CBS News: \"I \'ve never said that it\'s never going to happen, but it\'s very big and unlikely that someone will become a systemic disease just by letting the Fen touch their skin.
\"Just touch it and it\'s not absorbed.
Hoyte said that the only way they can feel the side effects of a drug if someone inhaled it is by inhaling it.
\"I would say that if they touch it and then rub their nose and then breathe it in this way, it is possible,\" he added . \".
According to Sabora, it was used to pump or inject.
\"The effect of oral absorption obtained from the administration of Fen is minimal.
\"It will not enter the body in this way,\" Sabora said . \".
\"That\'s why people don\'t take heroin.
The original post of the police station in TheLeachville brought its claim to the Drug Law Enforcement Department (DEA)
A manual for law enforcement and first aid personnel when they encounter Fen.
Deputy Acting Administrator Jack Riley is in three-page document.
\"It\'s 40 to 50 times stronger than the street --level heroin.
A very small amount of substances ingested or absorbed through the skin will kill you.
\"There was an incident earlier this year, when an Ohio police officer accidentally overexposed the drug in a drug explosion.
He was saved by the antidote to narkan.
According to Paula Reid of CBS News, DEA does not deny that access to drugs through shopping carts is possible, but it emphasizes that the manual is strictly for law enforcement, not the public.
Any contact, the DEA notes, is bad. Fact-
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Com ranked the shopping cart claim \"unconfirmed \".
\"While accidental ingestion is theoretically possible, the scientific rationality of excess exposure only through skin is questioned,\" the website wrote . \".
The Leachville Police station deleted the article on Thursday afternoon, initially saying: \"You know when you are going to Wal-Mart
Do they have wet wipes to clean your trolley handle?
How many of you don\'t use them?
Yes, I only think of bacteria all the time.
Being told today that the Chief of Police also advised you to do so, because now all the problems with drugs, if they still have any of the infusions or something like that on their hands, they touch the trolley and then you do it to get into your system.
Terrible, but it\'s worth taking the time to clean up the handle.
All you have to do is rub your nose or touch your child\'s mouth.
I never thought about the possibility.
The child\'s exposure to powder or residue alone is an undesirable condition that can be fatal.
The responsible official issued an apology saying he \"should look into the matter further \".
\"The Post about the Fen was sent to me from another official in another department.
I just shared it.
I should check it further before I post it.
According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the chaos released by the Leachville Police Station on Thursday, November 9, 2017 is apologetic that heroin, fen and other opioid drugs killed more than 35,000 people in 2015.
Nearly half of opioid overdose deaths involve prescription opioid painkillers, according to CDC.
Sabora says the numbers are likely to be higher today.
\"In 2016, we lost more people because of an opioid overdose than the entire Vietnam War.
Kill more people than AIDS
\"This is a more serious epidemic,\" Sabora said . \".
That\'s why Sabora thinks it\'s so dangerous to have an inaccurate message like the original Leachville post.
\"We want to make a judgment,\" he said . \"
\"We must be very careful.
The person who hears this may be the one who prevents real progress and change from helping these people. \"{
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