Illicit Opioid Exposure: Keep First Responders Safe

Equivalent to just 3 grains of salt, 3 milligrams of fentanyl can be lethal. Keeping first responders and law enforcement officers safe starts with increased awareness of the risks and a multi-point defense strategy. Learn about five common risk scenarios first responders face when they come into contact with illicit opioids and innovative approaches to field testing that can help keep them – and your communities – safe.

Fentanyl: What are the exposure risks?

With the fentanyl crisis growing, it’s important to know the risks of fentanyl exposure so you can take the right precautions and strengthen your testing and identification strategies. Understand the risks first responders face while on the job.

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Why You Need a New Approach to Narcotics Field Testing

The dangers of fentanyl exposure are forcing public safety agencies to rethink their procedures for field testing and investigation of unknown substances. Read this blog post to learn how updated protocols combined with new tools can make field testing less risky.

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Three Ways to Improve Opioid Detection and Testing in the Field

Gaining ground against the growing opioid crisis in your community requires a multi-layered approach: Adopting standard operating procedures, taking the right precautions, improving your testing and identification strategies, and training your personnel. Read this blog post for three ways in which you can increase opioid detection and testing in the field – and keep your first responders safe in the process.

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Recorded Webinar

The Fentanyl Crisis: From Medicine to a National Epidemic

Police officers and other first responders are put in harm’s way every time they encounter deadly fentanyl. Early detection saves lives. Get insights on protecting first responders and your community from our recorded webinar “The Fentanyl Crisis: From Medicine to a National Epidemic.”

Smith Detection’s Senior Scientist, Dr. Michael Frunzi, discusses:

  • A short history of opioids…and the spread of the epidemic
  • The extraordinary dangers of illicit opioids, including fentanyl
  • The potential dangers from fentanyl exposure
  • Solutions to help first responders detect and identify illicit opioids
Shine a Light on Dangerous Substances

Lab Quality Detection in the Field

Seconds count when it comes to keeping your first responders safe from accidental opioid exposure in the field. And collecting and sending a suspected threat off-site to a forensic laboratory for analysis is often not an option when health and safety is at risk. When decisions about operations and public safety are on the line, Smiths Detection has proven laboratory technology for use in the field. This equips security personnel and emergency responders with quick, easy-to-use and credible technology to obtain actionable data.

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