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Fentanyl and other opioids

These resources can help employers protect workers and respond to opioid-related events.

Preventing exposure

Fentanyl: Emergency Responders at Risk (NIOSH)
Information for first responders.

Preventing Occupational Exposure to Fentanyl (NIOSH)
Information for healthcare personnel.

Training tools

Fentanyl: Preventing work exposure (Spanish)
A self-guided training course which covers identifying fentanyl, how to protect yourself, and steps you should take if you think someone is overdosing.

Protect employees during belonging searches (Spanish)
Employers should train workers to follow precautions for bloodborne pathogens and how to conduct searches more safely.

Prevention of Occupational Exposure to Fentanyl and Opioids (NIH)
This is a set of slides to be used for training that includes instructor notes.

Illicit Drug Tool-Kit for First Responders (NIOSH)
Includes a PPE instructional video for preventing exposures.

Drug Fact Sheet: Fentanyl (Department of Justice/Drug Enforcement Administration)
A fact sheet describing fentanyl that includes steps for identifying it.

Fentanyl: The Real Deal  (U.S. Customs and Border Protection)
A video (6:40) that explains the dangers of fentanyl.

Responding to an Overdose

Naloxone Drug Facts (National Institute on Drug Abuse)
In-depth information on Naloxone and how it is used to reverse overdose.

Using Naloxone to Reverse Opioid Overdose (CDC)
A factsheet on establishing a Naloxone response program at your workplace.

Responding to a Suspected Opioid Overdose (NIOSH)
How to respond to an overdose event in the workplace.

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