The White House Releases Fentanyl Safety
Recommendations for First Responders
Dear Coalition Leaders,
We all know how important representation from each of the twelve sectors is to the work of DFC-funded community coalitions. Today, we want to assist our law enforcement partners by sharing Fentanyl Safety Recommendations for First Responders. We especially appreciate the partnerships that DFC coalitions have developed with law enforcement officials across the country, particularly the efforts to create opportunities for increased public health/public safety collaboration.
Earlier this month, the Trump Administration released Fentanyl Safety Recommendations for First Responders. The Recommendations are the result of a Federal Interagency Working Group coordinated by the White House National Security Council. Stakeholder associations/organizations representing the medical, public health, law enforcement, Fire/EMS, and occupational safety and health disciplines provided invaluable input to inform the Interagency Working Group’s efforts, and their feedback helped ensure the Recommendations are operationally relevant, appropriately tailored to first responders, and conveyed in a user-friendly one-page format.
The Fentanyl Safety Recommendations for First Responders provides unified, scientific, evidence-based recommendations to first responders so they can protect themselves when the presence of fentanyl is suspected during the course of their daily activities such as responding to overdose calls and conducting traffic stops, arrests, and searches.
The Recommendations fall into three specific categories:
- Actions first responders can take to protect themselves from exposure.
- Actions first responders can take when exposure occurs.
- Actions first responders can take when they or their partners exhibit signs of intoxication.
View the entire set of recommendations, here.
Please be sure to share the Fentanyl Safety Recommendations for First Responders with your law enforcement partners through the following link: https://www.whitehouse.gov/ondcp/key-issues/fentanyl.