Fentanyl is an extremely potent drug that you’ve probably heard about in the news. A narcotic, Fentanyl has seen a great deal of abuse over the last few years and is even mixed into other illicit drugs to increase the experience. Unfortunately, because Fentanyl is SO potent, this quickly led to a death toll that made headlines.
But the hazard Fentanyl represents goes well beyond the drug user themselves. Exposure to fentanyl by family members, other occupants, and law enforcement can lead to serious health and safety issues and even death. This is why it’s so important to properly remediate properties and vehicles contaminated with Fentanyl.
What is Fentanyl?
Fentanyl is an extremely powerful narcotic used medically in the treatment of severe pain. As with many narcotics, it has a high risk of addiction and dependence and is often used recreationally by drug addicts. Due to its strength, Fentanyl can be extremely dangerous when used recreationally and is a common cause of drug overdose.
What does Fentanyl look like?
Fentanyl is regularly mixed with other drugs when used recreationally, which means it can be found in many forms. You may see Fentanyl or Fentanyl-laced drugs as tablets, a powder, or even a liquid.
How can Fentanyl contaminate a home?
When a Fentanyl drug user brings drugs into a home, they can contaminate it in a number of ways. Drugs can be spilled, particularly in the case of liquids and powders. They can contaminate clothing, contents, and structure items they come in contact with. Drug users may even hide drugs in the home! Some common areas that can be contaminated are door knobs, floors and baseboard, in furniture cushions, purses and clothing, and behind furniture.
How is Fentanyl remediated?
An indoor environmental firm specializing in drug lab and, specifically, Fentanyl Remediation will have training and equipment specialized for this work. In the case of Fentanyl, Disaster Blaster carries a product specifically designed to break down the drug so that the property can once again be safe.
It’s extremely important to realize that Fentanyl Remediation is not simply cleaning a property and that unqualified, inexperienced, cleaning companies can easily spread the contamination or make it worse. In fact, use of improper cleaning solutions can actually dissolve Fentanyl into a liquid, making it extremely hazardous to anyone that may come in contact with it.
A qualified Fentanyl Remediation firm will have specialty, chemical resistant, safety equipment for technicians working in the area and specialized equipment, products, and processes to safely address contaminated surfaces and decontaminate the area.
How do you hire a Fentanyl Remediation Company?
As with everything, you want to hire someone that is qualified to do that work and who isn’t learning at your house. That’s particularly true of Fentanyl, where improper work can have serious consequences… We recommend finding a company that specifically lists the work you’re hiring them to do as a provided service. That service should be listed on business cards, brochures, and their website. They shouldn’t be “able to do it”, they should specialize in it. At Disaster Blaster, we have been specializing in addressing Indoor Environmental issues for over 20 years and have the experience and training necessary to address Fentanyl Remediation needs.
We hope you found this informative and that you learned a lot about Fentanyl contamination. If we can ever be of assistance with any of our services, please do not hesitate to contact your local Disaster Blaster, we’re happy to help!
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