We’re already fully aware that shopping cart handles aren’t the cleanest surfaces on Earth. However, the internet became panicked after reading a Facebook post that said you can absorb the drug fentanyl through your hands after touching shopping cart handles. What the what?
On November 9th, the Leachville Police Department, located in Leachville, Arkansas, shared a warning on their Facebook page about the danger of touching shopping cart handles that may be coated with fentanyl.
Fentanyl is a highly addictive opioid pain medication that can cause respiratory distress or death when taken in large doses. The drug can also be absorbed into the body by contact. As a result, Leachville Police advised citizens to wipe down their shopping cart handles with disinfectant before using. This, of course, caused massive concern among their followers.
The post has since been removed from the Leachville Police Department Facebook page. But local Arkansas news station, ABC13, reports the message as follows:
“The police chief suggests you do it also because of all the problems with drugs nowadays and if they have Fentanyl or something like that still on their hands and they touch that cart handle and then you do, it can get into your system.”
Awesome. That’s just great news.
“The ability for an overdose to occur through incidental skin contact is extremely unlikely. While it’s true that fentanyl can legally be prescribed in the United States in the form of a transdermal patch, which regulates a controlled release of the drug into the system via the skin, such a system is specifically engineered to penetrate the top layer of the skin.”
The Leachville Police Department has since apologized for their panic-inducing post.
The post about the fentanyl was sent so me from another officer at another Department. I simply shared it. Im should have checked into it further before I posted it. Sorry for the confusionPosted by Leachville Police Department on Thursday, November 9, 2017
As if grocery runs aren’t stressful enough, right? We’ll take stranger germs over drugs on our shopping cart handle any day, thank you.