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Opioid Exposure - The Latest First Responder Health Hazard [Video]

Posted by Jackie Belasky

Oct 26, 2016 12:24:45 PM

Communities across the country are dealing with the troubling rise in opioid addiction, resulting in higher numbers of drug overdoses. For example, officials in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, recently found that drug overdoses in the first seven months of 2016 have already surpassed those reported for the entirety of 2015.

Emergency responders in the area are being equipped with an antidote in order to protect citizens as well as police. According to Montgomery County D.A. Kevin Steele, this is important because officers or their K-9 partners may accidentally inhale the drug and require immediate treatment.

Being able to track a first responder's exposure to health hazards is becoming a prevalent aspect of public safety operations. If opioid usage continues to expand, officers will also need training on how and when to use overdose antidotes. Use of technology, such as workforce management software, can provide a centralized means of tracking, training and monitoring these types of situations.

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As workforce management and data interface experts, Orion Communications is a leading provider of public safety workforce management software.  Orion’s AgencyWeb® software helps agencies simplify complex workforce management processes and reduce labor cost. Orion has been serving the public safety industry since 1998 and is a certified women-owned business headquartered in Dallas, Texas.

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