Choosing the Right Glove is Black and White Gray

In the last several years, U.S. Law Enforcement has seen a dramatic increase in the availability of dangerous synthetic opioids. A large majority of these synthetic opioids are structural derivatives of the synthetic drug “fentanyl.” Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid currently listed as a Schedule II prescription drug that mimics the effects of morphine in the human body, but has potency 50–100 times that of morphine. Due to the high potency and availability of fentanyl, both transnational and domestic criminal organizations are increasingly utilizing these dangerous synthetic opioids as an adulterant in heroin and other controlled substances. The presence of these synthetic opioids in the illicit U.S. drug market is extremely concerning as the potency of these drugs has led to a significant increase in overdose incidents and overdose-related deaths throughout the nation.  (Source: Fentanyl: A Briefing Guide for First Responders - DEA)

Fentanyl can be handled safely with proper training and equipment to include hazard recognition and use of personal protective equipment (PPE). It’s important to protect the part of your body that comes into initial contact when collecting fentanyl, your hands. These XP100 Nitrile contrasting gloves feature ultra-protective 8.25mil thickness at your fingerprints. The 2-ply technology ensures that, upon removal of gloves, hazardous residues will show on either side of the glove. The extended, 12” cuff, protects responders beyond just the wrist and assists in covering over coveralls wrist cuffs.
• Unique black & gray color combination
• Ideal for contrasting hazardous residues
• 2-Ply technology
• 12” length, 8.25mil fingertip thickness
• Proprietary triple-wash & pH application for maintaining skin health
• Full-textured for proven grip enhancement in dry and fluid environments
• AQL 0.65 exceeds industry standard
• Meets or exceeds NIOSH recommendations for Fentanyl and its analogues

When encountering unknown powders, personnel should use, at the minimum, Personal PPE to include nitrile gloves, N-95 dust mask, eye protection, disposable coveralls, and shoe covers. Naloxone should also be readily available for administration. (Source: Fentanyl: A Briefing Guide for First Responders - DEA) We have complete kits ready with the development of our HazGuard kits.

Any suspected fentanyl-related exhibit should be “double bagged” by placing the exhibit within two agency-approved evidence envelopes. The inner envelope could be a non-labeled version, while the outer evidence envelope should contain a standard evidence label with the required information needed for documentation and tracking purposes per agency policy and procedure. Both evidence envelopes should be clearly marked “Suspected Fentanyl.”  (Source: Fentanyl: A Briefing Guide for First Responders - DEA)

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There is a significant threat to law enforcement personnel, and other first responders, who may come in contact with fentanyl and other fentanyl-related substances through routine law enforcement, emergency or life-saving activities. Since fentanyl can be ingested orally, inhaled through the nose or mouth, or absorbed through the skin or eyes, any substance suspected to contain fentanyl should be treated with extreme caution as exposure to a small amount can lead to significant health-related complications, respiratory depression, or death.