The prescription narcotic Fentanyl, typically used for pain management, is approximately 100 times more potent than morphine and 50 times more potent than heroin. Due to this opioid crisis the risk of exposure to law enforcement, first responders, medical and prison personnel is extremely high.
The Risk is High
The particulate size of Fentanyl can be anywhere from 0.2 to 2.0 microns, so the powders are easily aerosolized presenting a respiratory as well as a dermal hazard. For light to moderate exposure, Lakeland recommends ChemMAX® 3 specifically designed garments. For areas in which the concentration is unknown Lakeland recommends Interceptor® Plus Level A garments. Like any hazard, a risk assessment should be conducted to determine the level of exposure to the end-user.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were 1,013 fatal overdoses recorded from April 2005 to March 2007. More recently, there has been a re-emergence of trafficking, distribution, and abuse of illicitly produced fentanyl with an associated dramatic increase in overdose fatalities.
Important Facts to Remember About Fentanyl:
Centers for Disease Control (CDC), NIOSH Workplace Safety and Health Topics
For High to Unknown Exposure Levels - Interceptor Plus