White House releases first responder fentanyl safety recommendations
The Fentanyl Safety Recommendations for First Responders gives unified, evidence-based suggestions in the case of suspected fentanyl exposure
By EMS1 Staff
WASHINGTON — The White House released their official guide to first responder safety in cases of fentanyl exposure.
The White House said in an announcement that the Fentanyl Safety Recommendations for First Responders “provides unified, scientific, evidence-based recommendations to first responders so they can protect themselves when the presence of fentanyl is suspected during the course of their daily activities such as responding to overdose calls and conducting traffic stops, arrests and searches.”
The recommendations consist of three categories:
- Actions first responders can take to protect themselves from exposure
- Actions first responders can take when exposure occurs
- Actions first responders can take when they or their partners exhibit signs of intoxication
The announcement added that the recommendations do not address all scenarios with equal comprehension, and other incidents may require additional protection, such as executing search warrants, field testing and storing evidence.