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OPINION

Fentanyl notice a sign

We hate to see it, but we’re glad for the proactive work being done locally, regionally, and nationally. We were alerted, last week, to an update sent to all first responders in Lincoln County regarding fentanyl, the latest narcotic threat to our communities. 

The document explains what fentanyl is, why it is dangerous, the precuations to be taken when exposure is possible, and the actions to take when someone is overcome by this potent synthetic opioid.

We commend Health Department Administrator Sam Suiter for forwarding this vital information to our county’s various agencies. The drug has long been used in palliative care. It’s powerful strenght has now made it an attractive option for black marketeers, with fentanyl being mixed into batches of heroin for a lethal concoction. We urge our emergency personnel to take heed of the notice. In saving and helping others, never forget your own protection and safety.