Police station retracts statement on wiping carts to prevent fentanyl overdose

LEACHVILLE, AR (WFLA) — A police station in Arkansas is taking some criticism after advising shoppers to take an extra step they said could save your life.

The Leachville Police Department posted on Facebook Thursday, recommending residents to wipe the handle of their shopping carts before use, but not because of germs.

They said skipping the wipe could prove fatal due to the potential for exposure to fentanyl or other substance that could enter the skin through direct contact with your hands.

Exposure to fentanyl can be extremely dangerous, especially for children. In September a 12-year-old Columbus, Ohio boy died after coming into contact with the drug.

Other drug task force leaders around the country weighed in after seeing the story and said the chances of this happening are very slim.

As a result, the Leachville Police changed their position, saying, “The post about the fentanyl was sent to me from another officer at another Department. I simply shared it. I should have checked into it further before I posted it. Sorry for the confusion.”

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