Good morning all,
I just read the Florida Sheriff's Assoc article on the fentanyl environment and the new judicial penalties.
(In retirement I'm active in 8 programs encompassing much of our first responder umbrella.) Fentanyl is a pharmaceutical with a reputation related to deadly criminal activity (Emergency Support Function 13-Public Safety and Security). It is also, de facto, related to military poison gas ordnance (Emergency Support Function 15 - External [FEMA uses 15 for military interface]). See the Weekend 29-30 July 17 Wall Street Journal article "Police Confront Growing Peril: Fentanyl". WSJ is subscription so cannot hyperlink article here. An excerpt: "Authorities swiftly set a new policy:officers must treat drug seizures like an active shooter incident-.."
A major problem confronting the fentanyl issue is that it takes too much professional labor hours and expensive equipment to work the case. This is an enormous burden on public-sector budgets.
I do not have an answer or even a suggested route to pursue to minimize this public safety danger.
Yep - it's getting more complicated and dangerous for communities and responders. As FYI, our "Drug Safety for First Responders" group has information and safety data about fentanyl, carfentanil and other drugs for first responders and the public. Either click on above "Networks" menu option (to see all our groups / networks) or visit http://www.usfra.org/group/drug-safety-for-first-responders . Site visitors and members can read anything in groups but, if you or others want to comment on a thread, you'll need to "join" it first.
Good morning Janet and all,
Definitely complicated and dangerous. Many in the first responder community do not even have taken a course in blood-borne pathogen exposure and prevention. The Post Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act of 2006 requires using the disabled in the responder teams. The minor-disabled and older - I'm both - means weakened immune systems. Enough of my negative rambling...........
I am pushing for more budget allocations to address the First Responder HAZMAT and disease-the CDC Atlanta stuff-matter. I'm an extreme fiscal conservative (only re the money). It's the public that doesn't want to pay the taxes for even the minimum - and I'm not exaggerating.
My "pushing" is at the state level. The good news, a flicker of a candle, is that the matter is recognized and was told to stay healthy so I can be around to see the changes.
Will soon glance at the fra safety link.