AR police: Wipe down your shopping cart

Alicia Farmer
November 10, 2017

As a result, the Leachville Police changed their position, saying, "The post about the fentanyl was sent to me from another officer at another Department. Wiping cart handles does more to prevent the spread of flu than the spread of powdered fentanyl".

They say if you skip using a wipe, that can usually be found at the front of most stores, it could be deadly. Well I do and I always thought of the germs only.

According on to an article on, "the likelihood of such a scenario is scientifically dubious and we can find no evidence that law enforcement agencies have ever issued such a warning".

Leachville police posted the warning on Wednesday but deleted it as of Thursday morning.

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"If you just happen to walk by them, it's very, very, very unlikely that you're going to get sick that way", Hoyt said. It says if someone using Fentanyl touches the handle and leaves behind residue, it could cause you to overdose, if you touch it.

According to the DEA, fentanyl can be "can be ingested orally, inhaled through the nose or mouth, or absorbed through the skin or eyes". The premise laid out in this warning assumes one person had enough fentanyl on their hands to leave residual on a cart handle for another customer to be threatened with exposure.

While no incidents of overdoses due to shopping carts have been reported, some officials say it could be possible, so you should still be careful.

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