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White House Releases Fentanyl Safety Recommendations for First Responders

Citing increased prevalence of fentanyl and other synthetic opioids in the illicit drug market, the Trump administration has released the attached safety guidelines for first responders that emphasize how to protect themselves in the field. Developed by a federal interagency work group that considered stakeholder input, the recommendations cover three categories: how to protect oneself from exposure, what to do when exposure occurs and what to do if they or their partners exhibit signs of intoxication. Specifically, first responders are reminded to utilize personal protective equipment; avoid actions that may cause fentanyl powder to become airborne; avoid using hand sanitizer in the event of exposure, as it may exacerbate absorption; and administer naloxone according to protocols. For more information, visit www.whitehouse.gov/ondcp/key-issues/fentanyl/.

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