Exposure and Treatment
While Fentanyl and other synthetic opioids can be absorbed through contact with the skin, it is a slow process and the individual usually has time to seek treatment and decontamination before the substance can cause an overdose.
Of greater concern is exposure through the eyes, nose or mouth. The onslaught of an overdose can occur very quickly if contact occurs through any of these openings.
If they have some of the powder on their skin and uniforms, they should immediately move out of the contaminated environment.
They should wipe off any bulk contaminant with a lightly moistened, dedicated wipe such as the FiberTect wipes manufactured by First Line Technology.