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Can Ergonomics Programs Help Solve the Opioid Crisis?

Primary prevention focuses on strengthening workplace safety and health programs. The goal is to prevent injury and illness so fewer workers need medical care that includes pain treatment, which is a potential pathway to opioid misuse and...

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NIOSH Illicit Drug Tool-Kit
For First Responders
Fentanyl and its analogues pose a potential hazard to a variety of responders who could come into contact with these drugs in the course of their work. Possible exposure routes to fentanyl and its analogues can vary based on the source and form of the drug. Responders are most likely to encounter illicitly manufactured fentanyl and its analogues in powder, tablet, and liquid form. Potential exposure routes of greatest concern include inhalation, mucous membrane contact, ingestion, and percutaneous exposure (e.g., needlestick). Any of these exposure routes can potentially result in a variety of symptoms that can include the rapid onset of life-threatening respiratory depression.

The NIOSH videos will help emergency responders understand the risks and communicate what they can do to protect themselves from exposure to illicit drugs.

This video shows actual body cam footage that shows what happens when an officer is exposed to illicit drugs like fentanyl and provides recommendations on how other officers and responders can prevent it from happening to them.
Naloxone Rebates Extended
For Public Agencies in Iowa
Fire and police departments can continue to get a break on the cost of a life-saving drug.

Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller reached an agreement with Amphastar Pharmaceuticals to extend a rebate on naloxone through October of 2020. This rebate applies to any "public entity," whether thats at the state, regional, county, or city level.

This drug counteracts opioid overdoses. Amphastar Pharmaceuticals will offer a $6 rebate per dose of the drug , which normally costs between $35-40.
This program was launched in the state of Iowa in October of 2017 and was set to expire in October of 2019 before the extension.

“The use of naloxone has saved many lives in Iowa,” Miller said. “The opioid epidemic has had many costs, and one has been the impact to the budgets of Iowa’s first responders and public health care providers. We’re pleased that this rebate can reduce these costs.”

Acquiring Naloxone in Missouri
The MO-HOPE project offers training and tools, including naloxone, for overdose prevention and reversal to diverse professional and community audiences. If your agency is interested in receiving naloxone through the MO-HOPE project, please fill out the  MO-HOPE Naloxone Request Form .