The International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) recently launched a 10-segment video and podcast series on the opioid epidemic.
The Responding to the Opioid Epidemic series provides firefighters with an in-depth understanding of opioid addiction and treatment and addiction treatment options. It also provides firefighters living with pain with responsible approaches to pain management.
“The series features stories and experiences from IAFF members living in recovery from opioid addiction, provides best practices for addressing substance use among fire service personnel through comprehensive behavioral health programming and offers tools for EMS personnel on the frontlines responding to the opioid crisis, including how to increase situational awareness and manage exposure risks and how to cope with compassion fatigue and burnout,” IAFF said.
The 10 topics covered in the series include opioid use disorder is a disease, addressing substance abuse within a fire department, situational awareness when responding to opioid incidents, managing exposure risks, managing compassion fatigue, and community approaches to the crises.
The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, and the Department of Energy supported the series.
An estimated 130 people die daily from an opioid overdose in the United States.