Fentanyl patches can be fatal for kids

FENTANYL patches contain a high concentration of active ingredient for effective transdermal delivery,1 they are easy to apply and remove,2 and long-acting (more than three days after application), all properties which make the patch hazardous and potentially lethal to infants and children if they are accidently exposed.3

The ease of application and removal means there is a risk a patch may become partly detached and adhere to, or be ingested by, a child.4 If this occurs, the long-acting formula will remain in