Six Prison Staffers Hospitalized for Possible Fentanyl Exposure in Connecticut

Incident highlights need for large-area fentanyl neutralization.

In a recent article by Eric Levenson and Mirna Alsharif on CNN, six staff members at the Chesire Correctional Institute were taken to local hospitals for possible exposure to fentanyl.

If fentanyl becomes aerosolized, it can be easily dispersed over an area by air circulated by fans or air conditioners. This can contaminate large surface areas or cause overdoses.

Correctional facilities are beginning to see these types of incidents occur frequently within cell blocks or common areas.

To reduce the risk of accidental overdose, personnel at jails and prisons should be trained to identify fentanyl and other synthetic opioids and response teams set up to quickly neutralize the threat before it spreads to larger areas.

First Line Utilization Academy (FLUA) offers customized training for law enforcement and correctional facility personnel. FLUA has a Tactical DeconTect for Law Enforcement Class as well as a Synthetic Opioid Safety Class. Details on each program can be found by downloading the FLUA Course Catalog here.

First Line Technology offers a wide range of decontamination kits that scale from an individual responder size to a large team or area decon kit that utilizes an electrostatic sprayer. Details on the decon kits available can be found here.

See the original CNN article here.