May 15, 2019
The unintentional use of illicitly manufactured fentanyls (synthetic opioids) alone, or added to heroin, or cocaine has been cited as an important driver of the recent increases in opioid overdose deaths (Dowell D, et. al.J Am Med Assoc. 2017). First responders are potentially exposed to opioids as a result of their employment and may be at risk of acute opioid intoxication. Responders should be aware of exposure prevention measures as well as the proper management of intoxication.
Learn the signs and symptoms of acute opioid intoxication
Describe the probable routes of opioid exposure related to job exposures
Learn how to limit opioid exposures