It’s safe to give help: Questions and answers about secondhand fentanyl exposure

Cross-posted from Public Health Insider

As the powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl has spread across King County and the rest of the nation, it has, unfortunately, become more common to encounter a person who may be experiencing an opioid overdose.

Questions arise about what to do in that situation – how to give help, and whether it’s safe to do so. Some stories in the media have raised worries about whether people who come into close contact with someone experiencing a fentanyl overdose could get exposed to the drug while trying to help.

Dr. Scott Phillips, Medical Toxicologist and Medical Director of the Washington Poison Center, addresses some of those questions, and explains the science behind them. Click here to read the full story.