what is fentanyl?

Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic drug that is similar to morphine and heroin but is 50 to 100 times more potent. Fentanyl and its analogs are members of the class of drugs known as rapid-acting synthetic opioids that alleviate pain. It acts quickly to depress central nervous system and respiratory function. Exposure to fentanyl may be fatal.

Hand protection

NIOSH recommends wearing nitrile gloves when handling fentanyl-related compounds. While the permeation rate of fentanyl through nitrile is unknown, nitrile generally shows low permeability to other hazardous drug compounds. Nitrile gloves should be purchased with a minimum thickness of 5 mil (0.127 mm). Although thicker gloves may offer better protection, thickness does not always indicate the level of protection and may interfere with dexterity. Powder-free nitrile gloves are recommended.

Gloves should be selected with the correct size and fitting—gloves that are too small may be uncomfortable to the user and may tear and overly large gloves may interfere with dexterity. If the gloves are torn or punctured, they should be changed immediately. Gloves should be replaced after 30-60 minutes of use. 

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