Because any suspected drug may contain powerful opioids such as Fentanyl, handling illicit substances in any capacity is inherently hazardous. Proper handling of suspected drug samples is essential to keeping yourself, your co-workers, your family members and the general public safe.
Conduct a risk assessment for any scene where Fentanyl may be present:
Note: The risk assessment must be constantly considered, changed as needed and communicated to ALL parties involved.
Should you have insufficient knowledge, training, or personal protective equipment available, supervisors MUST be advised immediately and if needed, subject matter experts must be contacted to keep employees and the public safe from potential exposure.
When arriving at the scene, it is important to take note of the following to prevent serious injury, harm or even death of First Responders:
Fentanyl, its analogues, and other potent opioids high risk to first responders
Treat all possible Fentanyl exhibits as Fentanyl until their analysis is confirmed.
Seek assistance as needed from subject matter experts to keep yourself, co-workers, family members and the general public safe.