Drug can be fatal if inhaled, absorbed through skin
ROCHESTER, N.H. —A warning is going out to first responders about a new, deadlier variation of fentanyl that is showing up in other states.
State officials said that furanylfentanyl is being manufactured in China. The powder is so fine that it can become airborne, and it often is dissolved into a nasal spray.
Officials warned that it can be fatal if inhaled or absorbed through the skin.
“It was a little concerning to me that it’s changed in form in some respects and that it’s affecting or could affect our first responders,” Rochester Assistant Fire Chief Mark Dupuis said. “To me, that’s the more concerning part.”
“This adds to, I guess, the paranoia, but the job is inherently dangerous, and we all know that when we sign up for it,” fire Lt. Michael George said.
The state protocol for standard gear already includes gloves and masks, but officials said they want emergency workers to be prepared.
“The emphasis will be on the providers being aware so that they have the equipment readily available, rather than having to go find it somewhere in their truck,” said Jon Bouffard, deputy chief of the state Bureau of EMS.
“Hopefully it never gets this far, but we’ll just do what we normally do and just try to be more cognizant,” George said.