By Andrea Noble - The Washington Times
June 10, 2016 - Having long sought to warn the public about the dangers of fentanyl, the drug that recently killed Prince and has been blamed for hundreds of overdose deaths in recent years, law enforcement officials are targeting education efforts toward a new audience — themselves.
The Drug Enforcement Administration this week rolled out a new public service announcement directed at law enforcement to raise awareness of the danger officers face when they encounter the synthetic opioid in the field.
The video features two New Jersey police officers who accidentally inhaled powder fentanyl while collecting the drug as evidence, and the DEA warns officers to take extra precautions if they come in contact with the drug, which is said to be 50 times more powerful than heroin. In the video, a detective describes trying to seal a plastic bag that contained the drug and some of the powdery substance going airborne.
“A bunch of it poofed up into the air, right in our face, and we ended up inhaling it,” said one of the detectives.
“I felt like my body was shutting down,” said the other detective, describing effects of the drug that made him feel like he was dying.
More than 700 deaths related to fentanyl use were reported to the DEA in 2013 and 2014, with seizures of the drug skyrocketing over that time as well.
Or watch video on DEA.gov
Source: Washington Times