NIOSH Releases First Responder Illicit Drug Toolkit

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has released a new virtual toolkit to help first responders reduce their exposure to fentanyl and other illicit drugs. The toolkit provides resources to help keep first responders safe when arriving on a scene where illicit drugs, including fentanyl, are present or suspected to be present.

The toolkit includes two training videos that can be used during for roll call along with infographics and postcards based on NIOSH recommendations. The institute developed the training videos in collaboration with the Fredericksburg, VA Police and Fire Departments, and the FBI Laboratory.

The resources are intended to accomplish three goals:

  • Highlighting how to assess a response scene for hazards that may indicate the presence of illicit drugs.
  • Illustrating what personal protective equipment (PPE) to wear and how first responders should decontaminate themselves and their equipment, and
  • Providing guidance on how to prevent take-home exposure to protect the families of first responders who may have been exposed.

The videos, infographics, and postcards can be shared with first responders and others via social media and text. Infographics and postcards can be printed.

The toolkit can be found here, and information on Fentanyl in particular here

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