Over the past several years, law enforcement and first responders across the United States have seen an alarming increase in the availability of dangerous synthetic opioids in the communities we serve. A large percentage of these synthetic opioids are derivatives of the synthetic drug "fentanyl." Fentanyl is listed as a Schedule II prescription drug that mimics the effects of morphine in the human body, but at a much higher potency. In addition to its high potency, fentanyl is readily available and is often used as an "additive" to other controlled substances, leading to an alarming increase of overdose deaths and accidental exposures.
Fentanyl poses a significant risk to law enforcement and first responders who may come into contact with this substance through their routine duties. Exposure to even small amounts may lead to health?related issues, including respiratory complications and death. It is very important that officers and first responders know how to protect themselves from this increasing threat to public safety. Upon completion of this course, participants will have a better understanding of how to recognize and safely responding to fentanyl exposures, how to safely work with and around fentanyl in the field, and the proper use of personal protective equipment (PPE).
Competency: Participants will be able to decide upon prescribed courses of action or techniques that will provide a greater level of safety in a variety of environments, events, and situations.
- Defining the breadth and scope of deaths associated with fentanyl overdoses.
- Identifying the levels of exposure when conducting investigations, including field testing, collection, packaging and transporting fentanyl.
- Identifying and properly using the appropriate personal, protective equipment.
- Recognizing the signs of exposure and using recommended responses.
Who Should Attend:
All public safety personnel
100% attendance and participation
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