Fentanyl, and other opioids, are a powerful synthetic drug that is similar to morphine, but is 50 to 100 times more potent. Fentanyl and its analogs, such as car-Fentanyl, can pose a potential hazard to law enforcement, emergency medical personnel, firefighters, security and building operators who could encounter these drugs through the course of their work day.
While there are important questions about the risks of different types of exposures (and resultant health effects) that might occur during law enforcement and emergency response activities, workers involved in these types of activities leading to potential exposures should take prudent precautions.
Due to its availability and abundance in Alberta opioid use has skyrocketed. This epidemic is not only increasing stress on emergency services tasked with dealing with overdoses, it also fosters a environment where petty crime and theft are increasing due to users seeking more funds to purchase Fentanyl.
AIP Safety offers a Fentanyl awareness to assist you in recognizing the hazards associated with Fentanyl exposure.
This 4-hour course has been designed to provide practical, general-use knowledge on fentanyl, fentanyl analogs, safe handling and an overview of Narcan administration and its effects on opioid overdoses.
Fentanyl Awareness Course Objectives:
- Opioid History
- Opioids and Fentanyl Analogues
- Where does Fentanyl come from?
- Fentanyl Overdose
- Personal Protective Equipment and Preventative Measures
- Treatment for Suspected Fentanyl Overdose
- Narcan Administration
Upon successful completion of this course, participants will receive a 3 year certification in Fentanyl Awareness.