Oct. 21, 2022 – Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that’s up to 50 times stronger than heroin and 100 times stronger than morphine. While pharmaceutical fentanyl is prescribed by doctors to treat severe pain and can come in a patch form, ER Dr. Mehrdod Ehteshami said illicitly manufactured fentanyl — available on the drug market — is actually not absorbed through the skin.

“Fentanyl is something that people do use illegally, actually, to overdose for recreational purposes. But this is not one of those things, and it’s not one of those ways that you will overdose, by grabbing a shopping cart or going to your car,” Ehteshami explained. 

Simply put, 11Alive can say the claim is false. You cannot overdose on fentanyl by touching it, laced on a door handle.

“There is no scientific evidence that suggests that touching fentanyl will cause you to overdose,” Ehteshami said.


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