This info comes from WFIS’ partner NPIP, the Non-Profit Insurance Pool of Washington, which suggests best practices for schools:

Fentanyl usage and accidental exposure are a rising societal concern. Since the substance is so volatile, accidental exposure can easily occur. If someone in your organization comes in contact with Fetanyl or interacts with a person who may have used Fetanyl, here are some tips:

  • When giving first aid to someone who is unconscious or not breathing, use Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). If fentanyl use is suspected, avoid mouth-to-mouth resuscitation without proper PPE, like gloves and a CPR mask, to prevent exposure
  • Appropriate PPE for suspected fentanyl exposure includes a KN95 mask and sturdy, non-powdered disposable gloves when touching surfaces.
  • Always wash hands with soap and warm water after dealing with suspected fentanyl exposure, following the CDC guidelines for handwashing.

While it is unlikely that simply touching fentanyl will result in it being absorbed through the skin, it is still important to use PPE whenever possible and always wash your hands afterward.


Revisit NPIP’s previous email about Naxalone/Narcane, and follow all CDC guidelines and information.