Synthetic Opioids Put Drug-Sniffing Dogs in DangerLast Updated: Friday, August 18, 2017
(Associated Press, June 1) Police are worried that fentanyl, a dangerous synthetic opioid that can trigger an overdose just through touch, could also pose a threat to drug-sniffing K-9s.
Last year, three police dogs in Florida had to be rushed to an animal hospital after ingesting the potent drug, the AP reports. The animals recovered after they were giving the anti-overdose drug naloxone.
Since the beginning of the year, at least two police departments – in Massachusetts and Connecticut – had their officers start carrying naloxone for their dogs. Read more.