Recently, the Office of Justice Programs’ Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) released the Fentanyl Safety Recommendations for First Responders’ companion training video, Fentanyl: The Real Deal. The video was produced by U.S. Customs and Border Protection to help first responders protect themselves when the presence of fentanyl is suspected or encountered on the job. The video is available at https://tinyurl.com/y8epbq7w.
Fentanyl: The Real Deal provides recommendations to law enforcement on how to navigate safely around the increased prevalence of fentanyl in the illicit drug market. The video provides first responders with unified, scientific and evidence-based recommendations for protective actions first responders should take when the presence of fentanyl is suspected, when exposure occurs and when individuals exhibit signs of opioid intoxication.
The new training video, as well as the Fentanyl Safety Recommendations for First Responders (https://tinyurl.com/y8uzxv4c), released in November 2017, is the result of a Federal Interagency Working Group coordinated by the White House National Security Council. The collaboration of agencies and organizations on the safety recommendations guide and training video reflect concerns about increased prevalence of fentanyl in the illicit drug market.