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Madison police change protocol to deal with fentanyl


Officers are now required to wear protective gloves, eye protection and masks when handling suspected drugs. Enter Article DATE HERE MADISON, Wis. - The Madison Police Department has changed the protocol used for dealing with suspected drugs being processed into evidence. The change is being made to improve officer safety and prevent exposure ...
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18 SWAT officers hospitalized after possible exposure to fentanyl during raid


Eighteen SWAT officers were taken to UPMC Mercy Hospital after the exposure caused them to become dizzy and suffer numbness August 9, 2017 More than a dozen SWAT team officers were hospitalized Wednesday after agents raided a home in the West End, CBS Pittsburgh reports . Around 6 a.m., several agencies began executing federal search warrants at th...
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Police dogs face new dangers from fentanyl


Many local K-9 handlers have begun updating emergency plans and carrying naloxone, the overdose reversal drug commonly known as Narcan, specifically for their dogs. August 9, 2017 WOODLAND PARK, N.J. — Every shift holds a different danger for Odin, a 6-year-old drug-sniffing German shepherd with the Bergen County Sheriff's Office. Sometimes the dan...
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Even secondhand exposure to fentanyl is dangerous


Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic drug that's not only dangerous to the user, but for everyone nearby, including first responders. August 5, 2017 (WWLP) – Saturday, three police officers in the Boston suburb of Chelsea were affected by second hand exposure to Fentanyl. Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic drug that's not only dangerous to the user, but ...
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Toronto Fentanyl Overdose Deaths Lead To Public Safety Alert


More than 20 reported overdoses were recorded between Thursday and Sunday in the city, and four of them were fatal. July 31, 2017 TORONTO — A rash of drug overdose deaths in Toronto was called unusual by police on the weekend and it generated the kind of publicity all too familiar to residents in Vancouver, which has been grappling with a crisis fo...
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To cut risk of exposure to fentanyl, police can now test substances at state Crime Lab


he state Crime Lab will open its doors to police officers in need of safe facilities to test unidentified powders due to the rising risk of fentanyl exposure. July 20, 2017 The state Crime Lab will open its doors to police officers in need of safe facilities to test unidentified powders due to the rising risk of fentanyl exposure. Nationally, sever...
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Cleveland officer's possible fentanyl exposure highlights drug's threat to police, children


A Cleveland police officer was hospitalized Wednesday morning after coming into contact with suspected fentanyl while executing a search warrant at a home in the city's North Colinwood neighborhood. July 19, 2107 CLEVELAND, Ohio -- As heroin and fentanyl continue to kill users in record numbers, law enforcement officials in Northeast Ohio are now w...
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The cop who said he Od'd by touching fentanyl is probably wrong


The CDC and NIOSH updated the  fentanyl page on their website to remove the statement "skin absorption can be deadly." It now says that "while dermal absorption of fentanyl commonly occurs through prescribed use of the drug, inhalation of powder is the most likely exposure route for illicitly manufactured fentanyl." July 14, 2017 You may have ...
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