I had thought the whole “fentanyl paranoia” thing had run it’s course by now, but it apparently has got a hell of a set of legs.
As a now-retired elder, I think it’s probably my duty to gently guide the youngling peace officers in their path of Public Service, so let us engage in a little rational thought experiment.
Why does Mookie need to snort fentanyl, if all he has to do is rub a little powder on his arm?
More importantly, if you’ve made it through your third solo patrol, you should have figured out that while Mookie isn’t necessarily smart he is pretty cunning. To say nothing of inventive when it comes to ways of avoiding the attention of Da Law.
Syringes — a/k/a “Paraphernalia” — are a wonderful example of “Probable Cause”, and a reason to search Mookie from his toenails to the last follicle on his head, thus stumbling across any number of his sins.
If Mookie can avoid carrying around paraphernalia, and thus bypass these little indignities, he will do so with an avid quickness. If fentanyl can be efficacious via simple contact … why should Mookie need a needle?
I don’t know if you’ve come across your first drug lab yet, but I’m here to tell you that “lab safety procedures” in your average bathtub lab, or stash house don’t quite make it up to the level that the American Chemical Society would like to see.
So why aren’t the purveyors of recreational pharmaceuticals stacking up like cordwood and solving the problem all on their own if skin contact is all that is required?
Stop freaking out about possible skin contact with possible fentanyl — if it were that bad, the fentanyl problem would be self-correcting.