The couple found the packages marked with their own similar names and addresses, Tuesday, February 12. They gave a warning to the County Kerry Sheriff Office, which later stated that it was 2.5 grams of fentanyl the powder inside the packages. For most people, two milligrams of high-tech opioids are a fatal dosage, according to the DEA.
Open Teresa Gilbertson, to open one of the envelopes containing two packages of fentanyl, at first glance that seemed to have had his name and address. She was in the middle of a pack opening when she noticed something weird: a plastic bag containing white powder.
"The second bag did not open, which is a godsend, but I should not first open a bag," said Gilbertson.
The package also noted a note: "I love you, call me," said Gilbertson.
Her husband, Roy, was worried about what might have been if they were exposed to more of the powder. "If we opened that second package, we want to be corrupted and could die from it," he said. "We were dumb and we were lucky, that is what he feels."
Direct skin contact for fentanyl is a potential exposure route, according to the Disease Control and Control Centers, although it is unlikely that overdose will occur. Short skin contact generally leads to a toxic effect if the substance is immediately achieved.
However, the CDC gives a warning of powder inhalation or fentanyl aerosol, or contact a skin break or a mucous membrane such as the internal lip or inside a nose, symptoms can be started quick. A significant exposure to the drug can relieve or stop breath.
Teresa and Roy Gilbertson say their experiences are a warning story for others. They are particularly concerned about opening up a child's and older people's pack using their potential drug, and may be exposed to them.
Sheriff County Clay's Office is now investigating the incident as a drug delivery case.
The Mark Empting Sheriff warns the removal of any powder or substance that is not identified in the post. "It could be too bad ̵
There were 750 percent increase in packages received from opioids in the United States last year, according to the United States Postal Service.
Glyndon is approximately 10 miles east of Fargo.