The dangers of fentanyl misinformation: Why the myth that police are overdosing by touching the drug keeps going

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The story was horrifying — and compelling: A police officer in East Liverpool, Ohio, accidentally overdosed from fentanyl in 2017. Several news outlets reported that the police officer landed in the hospital after brushing fentanyl off his uniform with his bare hands.

Only minutes later, the articles said, the officer began to feel as if his body was “shutting down.” Police believed that he was experiencing an overdose.

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