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The Mystaire® Latitude Fentanyl Filtered Hood is designed for safe, effective containment of fentanyl and its analogues during manipulation and laboratory analysis. Exposure to fentanyl and other opioids can pose great danger to law enforcement personnel.
The Latitude Fentanyl Filtered Hood combines maximum user accessibility with redundant Saf-T-Zone™ HEPA filtration technology for added safety and easy maintenance. Designed with rear wall pre- and HEPA filtration, this product pulls potentially harmful particulate away from the operator's breathing zone in an even, horizontal airflow path. By combining Saf-T-Zone filtration technology and horizontal airflow patterns, Latitude increases the capture capability for both particulate and fumes. Additionally, a secondary safety HEPA filter provides containment during replacement of the main pre-filter or HEPA filter.
Every Latitude Fentanyl Filtered Hood comes equipped with the EverSafe™ Automatic Safety Controller. In compliance with OSHA and ANSI/AIHA standards, EverSafe constantly monitors the complete filtration system, displays airflow at the face of the hood and alerts the end user if airflow or filter issues arise during operation. Incorporating audible and visual alarms, EverSafe's advanced electronic sensors remove the guesswork associated with proper fume hood function.
Waste disposal in all Latitude Fentanyl Filtered Hoods is managed with a disposal port on the right side of the chamber. This waste port is designed to allow for the attachment of a waste or biohazard bag and aides in reducing the potential for fentanyl exposure during the disposal process. The operator can use the waste disposal port to remove contaminated weighing vessels and examination gloves from the work area. Latitude Fentanyl Filtered Hoods are designed with these standard safety features to provide protection to both law enforcement personnel and the environment.
The use of fentanyl as a street drug in the United States of America and Canada has been on the rise over the past few years. According to studies published in ScienceNews, Fentanyl-related deaths are rising sharply in the USA. From 2007 to 2012, the number of deaths hovered around 30 per year. By 2015, that number had grown to 340.
According to CBC news, in 2016, 914 people died from illegal drug overdoses in British Columbia and 40 percent of those deaths involved fentanyl; versus just 5 percent prior to 2015. In Alberta, 120 people died in 2015 after ingesting fentanyl, compared to only 6 in 2011. Ontario has also reported a rise in fentanyl-related deaths.
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With the increased prevalence of this dangerous drug and its synthetic counterpart "W-18", concerns have been raised by US and Canadian law enforcement professionals who are now coming into contact with the drug through seizures and forensic analysis. Fentanyl is deadly if swallowed, inhaled or absorbed through the skin, so the importance of properly handling these deadly powders cannot be overlooked.
1. Air enters at "A" in an even horizontal laminar manner.
2. Contaminated air enters "B" where particulate is removed via electrostatic prefiltration and HEPA filtration.
3. Particulate-free air moves upward to "C" where it enters the Saf-T-Zone filtration area.
4. Particulate-free air then passes into "D", the optional carbon filtration bed, where dangerous chemical fumes and vapors are removed.
5. Clean air is then exhausted at "E" for return to the laboratory.