How to buy fentanyl protection and detection products (eBook)

Download this PoliceOne fentanyl protection and detection products buying guide to learn key steps for product selection, purchasing and implementation


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Fentanyl has hit the news as one of the synthetic opioids that can be present in a number of physical or manufactured forms (e.g., powder, pill/tablet, liquid), which presents different on-scene challenges for emergency responders.

According to the DEA, “fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is 80-100 times stronger than morphine” and its street names include Apace, China Girl, China Town, China White, Dance Fever, Goodfellas, Great Bear, He-Man, Poison and Tango & Cash. Fentanyl is cheaper and stronger than illicit opioid pills or heroin. One kilogram of fentanyl costs about $8,000 compared to $80,000 per kg for heroin.

Given the heightened awareness of fentanyl and the possibility of transdermal or respiratory exposure, many agencies are looking at how to protect their officers and K9s. Agencies need to know basic information about fentanyl, PPE and decontamination processes so they can prepare their officers and keep them safe.

This PoliceOne guide provides information on how agencies can assess the fentanyl exposure risks faced by their personnel and procure the appropriate protection and detection equipment.

Included in this guide: 

  • Key considerations before purchasing fentanyl protection and detection products
  • Top implementation considerations
  • Questions to ask vendors

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