8 Ohio Deputies, 2 DEA Agents Hospitalized for Possible Fentanyl Exposure

8 Ohio Deputies, 2 DEA Agents Hospitalized for Possible Fentanyl Exposure | #ESC_LLC #Police #DEA #Fentanyl | Deputies from the Cuyahoga County (OH) Sheriff’s Office were hospitalized Wednesday for precautionary measures for fentanyl exposure, Spokesperson for Cuyahoga County Mary Louise Madigan confirmed.

At 5:30 a.m., deputies were responding to a residence in Rocky River for what appeared to be a raid involving DEA agents, reports News 5 Cleveland.

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A total of eight deputy detectives from the sheriff’s office and two DEA agents were transported to Fairview Hospital to be checked for exposure to fentanyl, Madigan said.

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Additional information on Fentanyl:

Fentanyl (also spelled fentanil) is an opioid used as a pain medication and together with other medications for anesthesia.[2] Fentanyl is also made illegally and used as a recreational drug, often mixed with heroin or cocaine.[4] It has a rapid onset and effects generally last less than an hour or two.[2] Medically, fentanyl is used by injection, as a patch on the skin, as a nasal spray, or in the mouth.[2]

Common side effects include vomiting, constipation, sedation, confusion, hallucinations, and injuries related to poor coordination.[2][5] Serious side effects may include decreased breathing (respiratory depression), serotonin syndrome, low blood pressure, addiction, or coma.[2][5] In 2016, more than 20,000 deaths occurred in the United States due to overdoses of fentanyl and fentanyl analogues, half of all reported opioid-related deaths.[6][7] Fentanyl works primarily by activating μ-opioid receptors.[2] It is around 100 times stronger than morphine, and some analogues such as carfentanil are around 10,000 times stronger.[8]

Fentanyl was first made by Paul Janssen in 1960 and approved for medical use in the United States in 1968.[2][9] In 2015, 1,600 kilograms (3,500 lb) were used in healthcare globally.[10] As of 2017, fentanyl was the most widely used synthetic opioid in medicine.[11] Fentanyl patches for cancer pain are on the WHO List of Essential Medicines, the most effective and safe medicines needed in a health system.[12] For a 100 microgram vial, the average wholesale cost in the developing world is US$0.66 (2015)[13] while in the USA the price is US$0.49 (2017) for that amount.[14]

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