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If you believe your property or vehicle has been contaminated with fentanyl or any other narcotic substance, we’ll work quickly and diligently while following industry protocols to eradicate this deadly substance for you. Identification of the unknown substance will be conducted prior to decontamination.
APPEARANCE: Crystals or crystalline powder. Mostly white but can be any color due to color dye
DESCRIPTION: Fentanyl is a member of the class of drugs known as fentanyl, rapid-acting opioid (synthetic opiate) drugs that alleviate pain without causing loss of consciousness (analgesic). Fentanyl depresses central nervous system (CNS) and respiratory function. Exposure to fentanyl may be fatal. Fentanyl is estimated to be 80 times as potent as morphine and hundreds of times more potent than heroin. It is a drug of abuse. Fentanyl (and other opioids) could possibly be used as an incapacitating agent to impair a person’s ability to function. In October 2002, the Russian military reportedly used “a fentanyl derivative” against terrorists holding hostages in a Moscow theater; 127 of the hostages died. (It is unclear whether the gas used also included other chemical agent(s).) Fentanyl is odorless.
METHODS OF DISSEMINATION:
Indoor Air: Fentanyl can be released into indoor air as fine particles or liquid spray (aerosol).
Water: Fentanyl can be used to contaminate water.
Food: Fentanyl can be used to contaminate food.
Outdoor Air: Fentanyl can be released into outdoor air as fine particles or liquid spray (aerosol).
Agricultural: If fentanyl is released into the air as fine particles or liquid spray (aerosol), it has the potential to contaminate agricultural products.
ROUTES OF EXPOSURE: Fentanyl can be absorbed into the body via inhalation, oral exposure or ingestion, or skin contact. It is not known whether fentanyl can be absorbed systemically through the eye. Fentanyl can be administered intravenously (IV), intramuscularly (IM), or as a skin patch (transdermally).
What could be more deadly than Fentanyl?
Carfentanil or Carfentanyl, which is an analog of the synthetic opioid analgesic, Fentanyl. One unit of Carfentanil is 100 times more potent as the same amount of Fentanyl, 5,000 times as potent as a unit of heroin and 10,000 times as potent as a unit of morphine. The toxicity of carfentanil in humans and its easy availability has raised concerns over its potential use as a weapon of mass destruction by rogue nations and terrorists, both foreign and domestic.
Decontamination and Removal of Drugs
Fentanyl poses a deadly risk for anyone who comes across the substance on a regular basis such as first responders, property managers, car rental companies, hotels, motels, morgues, and more. Because of the severe risk of handling drugs that can contain fentanyl, only certified professional hazmat decontamination technicians should cleanup any scene with drugs or drug paraphernalia. Any scene containing powdery substances and drug paraphernalia must be treated as if it were contaminated with fentanyl; there is too much at stake not too.
We encourage you to contact us with any questions regarding protecting your home or business against contamination.