Protection Against Fentanyl Exposure
April 27, 2023
In recent years, the use of synthetic opioids like fentanyl has increased rapidly, leading to a rise in accidental overdoses and deaths. This has raised concerns about the safety of first responders, healthcare workers, and law enforcement officers who may come into contact with fentanyl in the course of their work. Fortunately, there is a simple and effective solution: nitrile gloves.
Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is up to 100 times more potent than morphine. Exposure to fentanyl can be extremely dangerous, and even a small amount can cause serious harm or even death. The primary risk of fentanyl exposure comes from accidental inhalation, ingestion, or absorption through the skin. This can occur when handling or touching the drug without proper protection or when consuming counterfeit drugs that have been laced with fentanyl. Fentanyl exposure can cause respiratory depression, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, confusion, and in severe cases, coma or respiratory failure. Those who work in law enforcement, healthcare, or other professions that may come into contact with fentanyl should take proper precautions and receive training to minimize the risk of exposure.
This includes wearing nitrile gloves, along with other protective equipment such as a respirator or face shield. Nitrile gloves are made from a synthetic rubber material that is resistant to a wide range of chemicals and solvents, including fentanyl. Unlike latex gloves, which can break down when exposed to certain chemicals, nitrile gloves provide a reliable barrier that can help prevent skin contact with fentanyl and other dangerous substances.
SafeSource Direct’s American-made nitrile exam gloves provide protection against fentanyl. They are chemo-rated (meaning they can protect against the hazards of working with chemotherapy drugs) and have FDA 510(k) clearance (meaning they’ve been through extensive testing and can be used in healthcare).
One important factor to consider when selecting nitrile gloves for use with fentanyl is their thickness. Thicker gloves provide a greater barrier against chemical exposure.
It is also important to use gloves that fit properly, as gloves that are too loose or too tight can compromise their effectiveness. Gloves should be put on carefully, with hands washed and dried before use to prevent contamination.
In addition to protecting against fentanyl exposure, nitrile gloves can also be useful for a wide range of other applications where protection against chemicals or pathogens is required. They are commonly used in medical settings, food handling, laboratory work, and other industries where protective gloves are required.
In conclusion, nitrile gloves are an essential tool for protecting against fentanyl exposure and other dangerous chemicals and pathogens. By taking appropriate safety precautions and using the right equipment, those who are at a higher risk for fentanyl exposure can better protect themselves and others from harm.