Could fentanyl really be on your shopping cart?

Things like germs could be on your shopping carts, but can drug residue be there too?

It's been a hot topic on social media, could fentanyl really enter your body simply from touching a shopping cart?

After a warning goes viral, experts in the Tri-State give their take.

"I guess it's in the realm of possibility but I think you're causing a lot of hysteria for a very rare occurance and not neccessary to worry the public like they have," Emergency medical physician for St. Vincent Kailyn Kahre says. 

When you go shopping, do you wipe down your cart?

Seth Pearson from Evansville says, "I've never really been that concerned about catching diseases from it I think it's kind of absurd."

Wiping down your cart was a hot topic on social media, but not for germs, rather a deadly drug residue from fentanyl. 

"I'm not buying into it I think it's just one of those things aren't really factual at all," Pearson says. 

The alert started in Arkansas where officials warned shoppers the deadly drug could enter your body by touching a shopping cart. 

"Just from touching a shopping cart that came into contact with fentanyl, I don't think you'd ever be exposed to enough just from that contact that you'd overdose on it and you probably wouldn't absorb enough to your skin to really do anything," Kahre says. 

And Tri-Staters also have a hard time believing it. 

"There's a case that I could just grab this (cart) and get a disease but there's also a chance that I won't so its just about doing extra precaution or just not care about it," Wesselman's employee Chris Withrow says. 

Local doctors say it's nearly impossible for fentanyl to enter your body through skin contact with a shopping cart, and fentanyl is more dangerous if you inhale, snort or ingest it. 

"It's not something I'm going to start practicing but if you're health conscious I guess you can," Pearson says. 

So shoppers should still wipe off their carts, but for germs not drugs. 

Doctors at St. Vincent say they haven't treated anyone who has accidentally come into contact with fentanyl and had an overdose, so shoppers should be more worried about getting a cold or the flu. 

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(This story was originally published November 9, 2017)


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