Shopping cart fentanyl warning removed by police department

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A police department in Arkansas issued a warning to everyone who uses a shopping cart, and their message is spreading across the country.

On Thursday morning, the Leachville Police Department shared on their Facebook page a warning about touching shopping cart handles that could be coated with fentanyl.

The shopping season is fast approaching, and shoppers are naturally anxious about the risk of fentanyl traces on shopping cart handles potentially being fatal to them. Later Thursday, the police department explained its reason for the post and delete it. Authorities say deadly drugs like fentanyl can be left on the handles in powder form and enter the victim's body through contact with the skin. "The post about the fentanyl was sent so (sic) me from another officer at another Department".

Exposure to fentanyl can be extremely risky, especially for children. Earlier this year a 10-year-old Miami boy died after coming into contact with the drug.

Fentanyl is a powerful painkiller that's also an opiod, similar to morphine but up to 100 times more potent.

A local undercover drug task force agent says officers are doing what they can to avoid the drug. Reed says they would probably be too high to get out of their vehicle, grab a cart, and go shopping.