FDA’s Safe Use Initiative is asking everyone to help ensure the safe use and disposal of fentanyl transdermal system “patches” (Duragesic® and its generics). FDA has released multiple advisories concerning fentanyl patches. They continue work to increase public knowledge about how to safely use, store, and dispose of fentanyl patches. The FDA advisory warns “What people don’t know about these patches continues to harm the ones they love and care for. Keeping unused and used fentanyl patches out of the sight and reach of children can save lives. The fentanyl patch is one of a small number of potent medications that, if accidentally or inappropriately used, can be fatal in just a single dose. New patches contain a 3-day supply of fentanyl. Used patches still contain enough fentanyl to harm or cause death in a child. From 1997 to 2012, there have been 26 reported cases of accidental fentanyl patch poisonings in young children. Ten of these children died."
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