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AR police: Wipe down your shopping cart

AR police: Wipe down your shopping cart”

The reason being it could save your life, according to a police department in Arkansas.

The advice comes from the Leachville Police Department's Facebook page.

Police later apologized for the original post, saying it was not meant to cause confusion and had been shared from another officer at another department.

The next time you walk into your favorite store to shop, you might want to use a few of the courtesy wipes before you touch that shopping cart.

Tonight at 5 and 6, Anna Auld talks to a local toxicologist who says while he hasn't heard about anyone being exposed to fentanyl by using shopping carts, exposure to the drug, even during a short period of time, can be risky.

The department recommends wiping down your cart for not only germs but also harmful substances. Earlier this year a 10-year-old Miami boy died after coming into contact with the drug.

Snopes states they can not find evidence of law enforcement agencies ever issuing such a warning.

However, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has issued a warning to police and the public about exposure to the drug.

Other drug task force leaders around the country have weighed in after seeing this story and said the chances of this happening are very slim, but why take the chance?



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