Editorial by Anna Paternnosto: The Thin Line Between Narcotics & Hazmat Emergencies


In November 2017 a Federal Interagency Working Group coordinated by the White House National Security Council issued the “Fentanyl Safety Recommendation for First Responders” with the aim of educating first responders about the health concerns and the necessary protective actions when dealing with Fentanyl. Concerns about the high mortality rate caused by synthetic drugs ignited debates within the United States concerning the potential weaponization of Fentanyl and its use as a Weapon of Mass Destruction.

The spread of synthetic opioids in the United States has contributed significantly to the so called “Opioid Epidemic”…

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