New Research Conducted by EPA Reveals Most Effective Decontamination Solution on the Market in Degradation of Fentanyl
FREDERICKSBURG, VA, February 6, 2023 – First Line Technology, a leading manufacturer and distributor of emergency response and disaster preparedness solutions, announced the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency identified one of its products, Dahlgren Decon®, as the most effective decontamination solution for degradation of fentanyl. The announcement comes amidst the opioid epidemic plaguing the nation. The recent rise in accidental overdose fatalities puts our first responders at increased risk of accidental exposure to fentanyl.
In a set of recent fentanyl decontamination studies, the EPA concludes its findings regarding the efficiency of decontamination solutions when applied to fentanyl on common indoor surfaces. Dahlgren Decon was among several decontamination solutions tested on surfaces representing painted drywall, laminate, wood, and coated steel.
“Dahlgren Decon decontaminant demonstrated an average efficacy of 99.97% across the four materials attributable to a combination of physical removal and chemical decontamination”.
The EPA also tested a diluted version of Dahlgren Decon on a variety of materials representing protective equipment worn by first responders. These included material from re-useable and single-use HazMat suits, firefighting gear, and neoprene dive suits.
“Diluted Dahlgren Decon decontaminant demonstrated efficacies of 96% across the four [suit] materials”.
This graph has been adapted from the original report titled “Decontamination options for indoor surfaces contaminated with realistic fentanyl preparations”
The reports also conclude that Dahlgren Decon performed the best out of all other decontamination solutions tested including a commercial laundry stain remover, several hydrogen peroxide-based decontaminants, and various solutions of chlorine bleach.
“These EPA results are a game changer for first responders, in the full spectrum fight against fentanyl exposure”, said Amit Kapoor, CEO of First Line Technology.
Products of Interest
|First Line Technology Synthetic Opioid Safety (SOS) Kit|
|First Line Technology Dahlgren Decon|
|First Line Technology FiberTect – for emergency response and personnel decontamination|
|First Line Technology Enhanced Decon System (EDS)|
About First Line Technology: First Line Technology is a leading provider of decontamination solutions for the U.S. military and first responders nationwide. Founded in 2003 by CEO, Amit Kapoor, the company designs and manufactures disaster preparedness and emergency response equipment. In 2016, the U.S. Navy signed an exclusive license agreement with First Line to permit the manufacture of a lifesaving decontamination technology, Dahlgren Decon, which was developed at the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Dahlgren, Virginia.
About the EPA: The Environmental Protection Agency is a United States federal government agency whose mission is to protect human and environmental health. The EPA regulates the manufacturing, processing, distribution, and use of chemicals and other pollutants.