WASHINGTON – The US Department of Justice (DOJ) has released the video Fentanyl: The Real Deal, produced by U.S. Customs and Border Protection to help first responders protect themselves when the presence of fentanyl is suspected or encountered on the job.
The video provides recommendations to law enforcement on how to navigate safely around the increased prevalence of fentanyl in the illicit drug market.
First responders are provided with unified, scientific, and evidence-based recommendations for protective actions they should take when the presence of fentanyl is suspected, when exposure occurs, and when individuals exhibit signs of opioid intoxication.
The training and the Fentanyl Safety Recommendations for First Responders, which was released in November 2017, were collaborated on by a variety of agencies and stakeholder organizations joined together as part of a Federal Interagency Working Group.
This collaboration reflects concerns about the increased prevalence of fentanyl in the illicit drug market.
As a result, law enforcement and fire/EMS personnel must balance safety with mobility and efficiency. The training video provides tools and tips for first responders to take appropriate protective actions if they encounter fentanyl in the field.