The Fentanyl Council

The Fentanyl Council is a joint project of the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators, National Association of Boards of Pharmacy, and the Partnership for Safe Medicines, created to raise awareness of illicit fentanyl’s danger to Americans.

We Need Your Help

In 2018, the Council is working on a guide to help local law enforcement agencies develop policies to protect their officers from fentanyl exposure and a white paper about the regulation of the pill presses which make the production of fentanyl-laced possible.  We are seeking information from:

  • law enforcement officers who have experienced procedural changes because of fentanyl or have developed policies to help protect law enforcement from fentanyl,
  • law enforcement officers who have seized pill presses or charged drug traffickers who were using pill presses illegally,
  • regulators familiar with legal controls around pill presses.

If these are your areas of expertise, please contact us at

Illegal Pill Presses: An Overlooked Threat to American Patients (NABP, NADDI & PSM, March 2019) An overview of the current state of illicit pill presses.

Fentanyl 101.  Our infographic explains what fentanyl is, where it comes from and how it's getting into counterfeit medicines in the U.S.

Counterfeit Pills Made with Fentanyl. PSM maintains updated information about incidents involving counterfeit pills laced with fentanyl on this page and its state subpages. Check here to see how counterfeit pills are affecting your state.


Media Reports of Officer Exposure to Fentanyl

Unless noted in the linked article, exposure has not been confirmed by toxicological tests. 

Corrections Officer Exposed to Fentanyl When Inmate Threw Drugs on Floor, DOC Says (Alaska, May 2, 2019)

Officer Passes Out in Patrol Car After Handling Fentanyl During Traffic Stop, Police Say (Iowa, March 7, 2019)

Phoenix Police Officer Came into Contact with Fentanyl During Investigation (Arizona, February 15, 2019)

Sunnyvale Officer Hospitalized After Possible Fentanyl Exposure (California, February 14, 2019)

Jackson County Deputy Accidentally Overdoses, is Revived With Narcan After Exposure to Fentanyl During Arrest (Florida, January 15, 2018)

8 Deputies From Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Office Hospitalized for Possible Exposure to Fentanyl (Ohio, November 7, 2018)

Campbell Police Officer Details Near Overdose Experience (Ohio, October 21, 2018)

‘I Was Dying’: Alameda County Detective Breaks Silence on Fentanyl Poisoning (California, September 25, 2018)

Official: Officers, Firefighters On Call Inhale Fentanyl (Delaware, September 7, 2018)

7 Conn. Officers Exposed To Fentanyl In Drug Raid (August 24, 2018)

Laurel County Deputy, K-9 Decontaminated After Fentanyl Found in Cruiser (Kentucky, August 15, 2018)

Shelby County Sheriff's Deputy Hospitalized After Being Exposed to Fentanyl (Tennessee, August 15, 2018)

Deputies Exposed to Fentanyl Following Arrest (Kentucky, August 15, 2018)

Three Cranston Officers Become Ill After Fentanyl Bust (Rhode Island, August 12, 2019)

Toledo Couple Charged After Police Officer Is Exposed To Fentanyl (Ohio, July 26, 2018)

Erie County Forensic Lab Chemist Revived With Narcan After Suffering Overdose Handling Evidence (New York, July 20, 2018)

Meriden Police Officer Recovering After Being Exposed To Fentanyl (Connecticut, July 19, 2018)

Deputies Who Respond To Overdose Hospitalized For Fentanyl Exposure (Louisiana, July 9, 2018)

Hobart Paramedic Suspects Exposure To Powerful Synthetic Opioid Caused Hospitalization (Indiana, July 7, 2018)

Missouri Officer Injured Trying to Save Overdose Victim (July 3, 2018)

Narcan Saves Alameda County Sheriff’s Detective Nearly Killed By Fentanyl Cloud (California, June 26, 2018)

Southwick Police Officers Self-Administer Narcan After Exposure During Overdose Response (Massachusetts, June 18, 2018)

Police Officer Exposed To Fentanyl During Search (North Carolina, May 27, 2018)

Three Police Officers Treated For Fentanyl Exposure During Two Separate Arrests (Wisconsin, May 25, 2018)

Fayetteville Officer Treated For Fentanyl Exposure (North Carolina, May 10, 2018)

Griffith Officer's Possible Drug Exposure Case Highlights Risks Police Face On The Job (Indiana, April 26, 2018)

Officer Treated After Allegedly Coming Into Contact With Suspected Fentanyl (West Virginia, April 16, 2018)

Officers, EMTs Treated After Possible Exposure To Fentanyl (Massachusetts, April 6, 2018)

Man Facing Charges Of Exposing Trumbull Co. [OH] Deputies to Drugs (January 18, 2018).

Rockingham County [NH] Sheriff's Deputies Treated For Exposure To Fentanyl (New Hampshire, December 8, 2017)

First Responder Overdoses Underline Extreme Danger To Opioid Exposure (Ohio, November 25, 2017)

Police: Substance That Sickened Officer Included Fentanyl (Rhode Island, November 18, 2017)

Keeping Drugs At Arm’s Length (New York, October 28, 2017)

Pa. To Fund Opioid Overdose Antidote For First Responders (October 5, 2017)

New Hanover [PA] Officers Taken To Hospital After Exposure To Fentanyl (October 5, 2017)

Cincinnati Police Officer Taken To Hospital After Opioid Exposure, Police Union President Says (October 2, 2017)

With Opioids So Strong, Here's How DEA Agents Protect Themselves (September 27, 2017)

Deadly Fentanyl Leads County Cops To Halt Field Tests (Pennsylvania, August 12, 2017)

[Pittsburgh] SWAT Team OK After Suspected Fentanyl Exposure During Raid (August 10, 2017)

Orlando Police Change Drug-Handling Policy After Detective Became Ill (July 26, 2017)

Menasha [WI] Officer's Close Call Highlights Dangers Of Fentanyl Exposure (July 22, 2017)

UPDATE: Deputy Given Narcan After Opiate Exposure Shares Story (Kentucky, July 12, 2017)

These Three Very Good Police Dogs Overdosed On Fentanyl — And Lived (Florida, July 1, 2017)

[GA] Police Officers Exposed To Fentanyl After Spill In Vehicle (June 28, 2017)

West Michigan Detective Sickened, Office Evacuated After Drug Testing (May 30, 2017)

In Opioid Crisis, A New Risk For Police: Accidental Overdose (Maryland, May 27, 2017)

Heroin Is Increasingly Common In Sedgwick County (Kansas, October, 11, 2016)