Drug Overdose Death Increases Straining First Responders On The Scene

An increase in drug overdose deaths is putting a strain on first responders, prompting the development of new strategies to better help people with addiction and training mechanisms to teach paramedics, police and firefighters how to cope with what they experience on the job once they are off the clock.

Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released this month found a record high of almost 97,000 drug overdose deaths in the 12 months ending in March, a 29.6 percent increase. 

The continued rise of the opioid crisis and overdose deaths has changed the nature of work for paramedics, as well as those in police and fire.

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