The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, the worker protection agency, says it “does not have enough empirical evidence to provide specific guidance for protection from exposure during every possible law enforcement operation.” The uncertainties should prompt prudence, not panic, said Temple’s D’Orazio.
“That sort of incidental exposure would not cause such severe opioid toxicity,” said Joseph D’Orazio, a Temple University emergency physician and medical toxicologist.
Echoed Stolbach, “It’s just not plausible that getting a small amount of fentanyl on your skin is going to cause significant opioid toxicity.
“I hope this doesn’t turn into hysteria,” said Andrew Stolbach, an emergency physician and medical toxicologist at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.
“I don’t want this to make people afraid of doing their jobs.” Fears of death from a touch were stoked in May when local and national media (including the Inquirer, the Washington Post, and the New York Times) reported the story of an East Liverpool, Ohio, police officer.
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shirt to the fingers to the mouth or nose,” Faust wrote, “would not be a clinically significant quantity, even accounting for fentanyl’s potency.” Faust added that he doesn’t think the officer or anyone at his police department is lying. Drug Enforcement Administration issued a news release titled “DEA Warning to Police and Public: Fentanyl Exposure Kills” along with a video of two Atlantic County, N.
“These police officers are at the front lines of an extremely challenging fight, and it is understandable that they would be freaked out by this event.” Still, Faust said, the huge dose of naloxone needed to revive the officer suggests it was “treating the wrong illness.” And the media’s uncritical embrace of the story indicates “an interesting new hysteria, for lack of a better term, about opioids.” The leader of the nation’s war on drugs may be fueling the reaction. J., detectives who were “exposed to a very small amount of fentanyl.” “I thought that was it.
You don’t absorb enough drug fast enough to get toxicity that way.” Writing in the online magazine Slate, Jeremy Samuel Faust, an emergency physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, tried to imagine a scenario in which the Ohio officer could have accidentally inhaled or swallowed fentanyl – routes known to be potentially life-threatening.