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Med’s Ryan Marino says it’s a myth that people can overdose on fentanyl just by touching it

The dangers of fentanyl misinformation: Why the myth that police are overdosing by touching the drug keeps going

GridRyan Marino, assistant professor at the School of Medicine, said the myth about police officers overdosing on fentanyl by simply by touching it overshadows the United States’ actual exploding abuse crisis. “Not only that, but it distracts resources, time, attention from what we could actually be doing when 100,000 Americans are dying every year from preventable causes,” he said.