Cobb police warn of accidental opioid exposure

Drew Angerer/Getty Images File photo

Drew Angerer/Getty Images File photo

The Marietta Police Department issued a warning against possible fentanyl or carfentanil exposure in public places, such as hotels, restaurants and rental cars.

Police spokesman Chuck McPhilamy warned that unsuspecting people could be exposed to the drug through inhaling or touching it.

The department said to call police or emergency medical services to investigate any suspicious substances, rather than handling them. Touching or smelling fentanyl could cause an immediate overdose, police said.

The statement comes in the wake of recent reports of a fentanyl and carfentanil cases that have swept across the country.

According to the Department of Health and Human services, 78 people die daily from an opioid-related overdose.

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