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Fentanyl Patches Pose a Safety Risk to Young Children

Aschenbrenner, Diane S. MS, RN

AJN The American Journal of Nursing: July 2012 - Volume 112 - Issue 7 - p 24,25
doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000415954.62179.fa
Drug Watch
  • Unsafe use and disposal of fentanyl transdermal systems (patches) can lead to serious and potentially lethal events in young children.
  • Fentanyl patches should be folded in half and flushed down the toilet.

Diane S. Aschenbrenner is the course coordinator for undergraduate pharmacology at Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing in Baltimore, MD. She also coordinates Drug Watch: dianea@son.jhmi.edu.

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.