KSP getting new tool to avoid fentanyl dangers

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – Kentucky State Police will soon have a new way to gear up to battle the dangerous drug fentanyl.

In was announced Wednesday that Kentucky State Police would get fentanyl response kits, purchased with $25,000 in grant funds from Passport Health Plan.

The kits include Tyvek suits, respirator masks, fentanyl protective gloves, safety glasses, and a portable gear bag.

The Kentucky State Police Foundation applied for the grant funds and Grainger, Inc. is supplying the gear, which will be issued to all sworn units through the KSP Supply Branch.

KSP Commissioner Rick Sanders said the addition of the suits will have an immediate impact on officer safety.

“Our troopers and officers come into contact with fentanyl on daily basis,” says Sanders. “Whether they are responding to a traffic stop, apprehending suspects or responding to overdose calls – just touching fentanyl or accidently inhaling it during enforcement activity can result in absorption through the skin causing immediate and dangerous health effects.”

Fentanyl is a potent synthetic opioid drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration for use as an analgesic (pain relief) and anesthetic.

It is approximately 100 times more potent than morphine and 50 times more potent than heroin as an analgesic.

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