Police advise shoppers wipe down carts before use

Most grocery stores have a sanitary wipe dispenser located near their shopping carts. While these wipes are intended to stop germs from spreading, police believe they can help prevent something much worse than the common cold.

The Leachville Police Department in Leachville, Arkansas shared the following warning on Facebook yesterday,

(image source; Facebook/Leachville Police Department)

Fentanyl, aka fentanil, is an opiod pain-killer that is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine. Illicit recreational use of the drug has skyrocketed in the last two years. A 10-year-old boy from Miami died in June, 2017 after coming into contact with the substance at his neighborhood pool.

“We believe that it was somewhere between the park or the pool or the sidewalk, or maybe he touched something,” said Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle in an interview with NBC.

A police from Ohio nearly died after handling fentanyl during a drug arrest in April of this year. “The spread of fentanyl means that any encounter a law enforcement officer has with an unidentified white powder could be fatal,” said Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

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