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DEA Warning To Police And Public: Fentanyl Exposure Kills
First Responders Worry About Accidental Fentanyl Exposure
Mandatory Safety Precautions
First responders are also being trained on how to self-administer the anti-overdose drug naloxone, just in case of accidental exposure. They’re also being educated on the risks associated with fentanyl, and agencies are stressing the importance of their officers developing awareness of their surroundings.
One thing’s for sure, though: The streets have only gotten more dangerous since fentanyl entered the picture. That’s why it’s crucial for first responders to be up-to-date with proper protocol for fentanyl exposure – measures that will hopefully prevent more unnecessary casualties.
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Daytona Daily News:
The Community Overdose Action Team (COAT) of Montgomery County issued the warning Tuesday, just days after an East Liverpool, Ohio, police officer suffered an overdose after he was exposed to fentanyl during a traffic stop on Friday.
Police: 3 arrested after 7 Conn. cops exposed to fentanyl
The Opioid / Heroin Epidemic
The unfortunate facts are that opiate use, accidental opioid exposure by first responders and opioid overdoses are rapidly increasing across the nation creating a national epidemic. The age ranges are continuing to expand to younger and younger portions of the population. Opiate Overdoses are becoming more common and Police Departments and other first responders across the country are being trained to carry and administer lifesaving anti-opioid medicines for themselves and the public. Since their introduction to law enforcement, Tac Life Systems LLC recognized the challenge not only with treating and preventing addictions to overcome this epidemic, but also the challenges that first responders face when combating it. As a result, Tac Life Systems LLC has developed a tool that can aid the users of these life saving anti-opioid medicines. Click on the link to learn more about NarCase®.
If you, or someone you know has been struggling with addiction please contact your state, city or towns drug addiction resource office or call your local authorities.
National Overdose Deaths—Number of Deaths from Heroin. The figure above is a bar chart showing the total number of U.S. overdose deaths involving heroin from 2001 to 2014. The chart is overlayed by a line graph showing the number of deaths by females and males. From 2001 to 2014 there was a 6-fold increase in the total number of deaths.
National Overdose Deaths—Number of Deaths from Prescription Opioid Pain Relievers. The figure above is a bar chart showing the total number of U.S. overdose deaths involving opioid pain relievers from 2001 to 2014. The chart is overlayed by a line graph showing the number of deaths by females and males. From 2001 to 2014 there was a 3.4-fold increase in the total number of deaths.
National Opioid Overdose Epidemic
- Drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the US, with 47,055 lethal drug overdoses in 2014. Opioid addiction is driving this epidemic, with 18,893 overdose deaths related to prescription pain relievers, and 10,574 overdose deaths related to heroin in 2014.5
- From 1999 to 2008, overdose death rates, sales and substance use disorder treatment admissions related to prescription pain relievers increased in parallel. The overdose death rate
Prescription Drug Overdose Data
- “Every day in the United States, 44 people die as a result of prescription opioid overdose. Drug overdose was the leading cause of injury death in 2013. Among people 25 to 64 years old, drug overdose caused more deaths than motor vehicle traffic crashes.3
- There were 43,982 drug overdose deaths in the United States in 2013. Of these, 22,767 (51.8%) were related to prescription drugs.1
- Nearly two million Americans, aged 12 or older, either abused or were dependent on opioid painkillers in 2013.5
Opioid overdoses far outpace car-crash deaths in Mass. By Matt Rocheleau GLOBE STAFF OCTOBER 22, 2015 In announcing new efforts to curb drug abuse, the White House on Wednesday pointed to the fact that more Americans now die every year from drug overdoses than they do in car crashes.
Despite effort, opioid deaths still climbing in Mass. By Felice J. Freyer GLOBE STAFF OCTOBER 21, 2015
“This data reminds us that we need to use every tool at our disposal to fight back against this public health crisis, which continues to have a drastic impact in all corners of the Commonwealth,” https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2015/10/21/new-data-shows-opioid-overdose-epidemic-continuing/BpblfS1nPPwXMCj9NW4FgP/story.html?p1=Article_Related_Box_Article