LAW ENFORCEMENT & 1st responders



Addressing the Opioid Crisis: Opportunities to Collaborate with Law Enforcement


John Carnevale, President of Carnevale Associates, explores the potential role of law enforcement in addressing opioid misuse and overdose.

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Fentanyl Safety Recommendations for first responders: download the poster

The abuse of drugs containing fentanyl is killing Americans. Misinformation and inconsistent recommendations regarding fentanyl have resulted in confusion in the first responder community. You as a first responder (law enforcement, fire, rescue, and emergency medical services (EMS) personnel) are increasingly likely to encounter fentanyl in your daily activities (e.g., responding to overdose calls, conducting traffic stops, arrests, and searches). This document provides scientific, evidence-based recommendations to protect yourself from exposure.


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