The White House released Fentanyl Safety Recommendations for First Responders last week to address the dangers emergency responders face due to the increased prevalence of fentanyl and other synthetic opioids in the illicit drug market.
Law enforcement, fire and EMS personnel need to understand how to protect themselves from exposure in the field, and must balance safety with mobility and efficiency when responding to scenes where the presence of fentanyl is suspected.
This short one-page guide provides unified, scientific, evidence-based actions you can take to protect yourself when you suspect the presence of fentanyl during the course of your daily activities, such as responding to overdose calls and conducting traffic stops, arrests or searches. Recommendations fall into three categories:
- Actions you can take to protect against exposure.
- What you can do if you are exposed to fentanyl.
- How to help your partner or coworker if they exhibit signs of exposure.
This product is a result of a Federal Interagency Working Group coordinated by the White House National Security Council and supported by stakeholder associations and organizations representing the medical, public health, law enforcement, fire/EMS, and occupational safety and health disciplines.