TowForce Posted September 13, 2020 Share Posted September 13, 2020 Illicit Drugs, Including Fentanyl Responders are likely to come into contact with a mixture of illicit drugs during routine job duties. These mixtures of illicit drugs can include cocaine, methamphetamines, cannabinoids, cathinones, and opioids such as fentanyl and heroin for example. Exposure* to illicit drugs can be harmful. Although the components of illicit drug mixtures might not be known at the time, emergency responders can use the following information to learn about safe operating procedures, and proper use of personal protective equipment (PPE) when responding to incidents that may involve illicit drugs. Key Recommendations NIOSH offers the following recommendations to help prevent emergency responders’ exposures to illicit drugs, including fentanyl: Always wear nitrile gloves when illicit drugs may be present and change them properly when they become contaminated. Wear respiratory protection if powdered illicit drugs are visible or suspected. Avoid performing tasks or operations that may cause illicit drugs to become airborne. Do not touch the eyes, nose, or mouth after touching any surface that may be contaminated, even if wearing gloves. Wash hands with soap and water after working in an area that may be contaminated, even if gloves were worn. Do not use hand sanitizer or bleach. Take training on and follow NIOSH’s recommended Standard Safe Operation Procedures below. NIOSH has developed a tool-kit for first responders to help with training on this topic. More Information is available in this article on the CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/fentanyl/risk.html Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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