You May Want to Start Wiping Your Carts Down
And not to eliminate possible germs.
I saw this story on Facebook not to long ago and then looked into it a little further. As of today there have been no cases of this happening, but with the cases of Halloween candy being tampered with in Wisconsin this year, I'm not taking any chances. Especially, because I have a two-year-old who puts EVERYTHING in her mouth!
In Leachville, Arkansas Police had posted a warning to it's citizens about wiping their shopping carts down. The post stated:
"You know when you go to Wal-Mart and they have the wipes to clean your cart handle? How many of you don't use them? Well I do and I always thought of the germs only. Was told today that the police chief also suggests you do it also because of all the problems with drugs now days and if they have Fentanyl or something like that still on their hands and they touch that cart handle and then you do, it can get into your system. Scary but worth taking the time to clean the handle. All you'd have to do is rub your nose or touch your child's mouth. I never even considered this possibility. Children being exposed to just the powder or residue is a bad situation that can turn deadly."
They have since deleted the post and another was posted in it's place.
The post about the fentanyl was sent so me from another officer at another Department. I simply shared it. I’m should have checked into it further before I posted it. Sorry for the confusion
With opioid dependency in this country growing, I'm not willing to take a chance with my family. The Drug Enforcement Agency states that fentanyl is 50 times more powerful than heroin. Fentanyl and similar substances can enter your system from contact with your hands. Exposure to fentanyl can be externally dangerous, especially for children! In July, a 12 year-old from Columbus, Ohio died from coming into contact with fentanyl.
Like I said at the begining of this post, no cases of this have happened yet. And some officals have said the chances of it happening are slim. But I don't know about anyone else, that's just not a chance I'm willing to take with my family. Kids put things in the mouth, that's never going to change. I just feel it's better to be safe, then sorry.