DEA warns police of accidental overdose risks in drug fight

DEA warns police of accidental overdose risks in drug fight

DEA warns police of accidental overdose risks in drug fight

Some people say that we should be more permissive, more tolerant, and more understanding about drug abuse.

Now, law enforcement officers have started carrying naloxone with them on drug raids for K-9s - a drug used to reverse overdoses in humans. It is sometimes mixed with heroin.

Fentanyl's potency-particularly the strength of non-prescription versions of the drug created illegally and sold as either counterfeit pain pills or heroin-sets it apart from opioid treatments like OxyContin, other prescription painkillers, and even heroin itself.

"And so I think that makes sense", Rosenberg said. "It felt like my body was shutting down". "You can be in grave danger even if you unintentionally come into contact with fentanyl".

"The opioid epidemic nationwide has caused havoc and heartbreak for our children, friends and neighbors", Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said in a statement.

Since 2013, law enforcement authorities have been tracking alarming increases in fentanyl-related seizures. "As we continue to fight this epidemic, it is critical that we provide every tool necessary to educate the public and law enforcement about the dangers of fentanyl and its deadly consequences".

DEA warns police of accidental overdose risks in drug fight

The video features two New Jersey officers who were sickened merely by handling the drug. "I say we should be more honest about this clear and present threat to our nation".

"Fentanyl-laced products are fat soluble and they'll permeate the skin and send somebody into an overdose state pretty quickly", Roberts said.

Chuck Rosenberg, the acting administrator for the DEA, cautioned police not to field-test any substance they suspect may contain fentanyl and reminded that police dogs also are vulnerable.

"Something that looks like heroin could be pure fentanyl-assume the worst", he said. For first responders they advise increased training in hazard recognition and the use of personal protective equipment (PPE).

Rosenberg, a former USA attorney who was appointed to his current job during the Obama administration, said he routinely charged the "most serious readily provable offense", as Sessions had directed, during his days as a prosecutor.

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