Police warn to wipe down shopping carts, but not because of germs


(WFLA) — Police are advising shoppers to take a simple extra step that could save your life.

The next time you’re hauling a cart around the store, be sure to wipe down the handles first.

One police department is recommending this to the public, but it’s not because of germs reason we’re all thinking.

They say if you skip using a wipe, that can usually be found at the front of most stores, it could be deadly.

The department said drugs such as fentanyl or a similar substance can enter into your system from contact with your hands.

Exposure to fentanyl can be extremely dangerous, especially for children. Earlier this year a 10-year-old Miami boy died after coming into contact with the drug.

Chances of this happening from a shopping cart, however, are very slim according to studies.

The advice comes from an Arkansas Police Department’s Facebook page, which they have since taken down and replaced with the following post:

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