First responders are firefighters, police officers, and emergency medical technicians (EMTs). All three of these professions require continuous training throughout their career. With the use of opioids and the number of opioid overdoses, increasing, first responders need to know the most up to date information. They also need to be aware of the risks when responding to opioid-related emergency calls such as needles, the pysical environment, or even distraught family members. A training day would allow first responders to learn about the nature of opioid use and abuse and how to protect themselves, and others, from possible risk.
How do I do that?
- Determine location, date, and time of training day.
- Line up appropriate personnel to provide training (i.e., ER doctor/nurse, drug rehab counselor, etc.)
- Prepare training guides, handouts, etc.
- Create event invitations for local first responders.
- These people like to eat! Be sure to have free snacks and beverages available throughout the training day.