Many of us have heard about the overdose crisis, but fentanyl is not just dangerous for users of the drug. First responders are exposed to risk. Tiny quantities (around 2 milligrams) can be lethal. The opioid can pass through the skin, or the air when in powder form. The Justice Institute of BC has organized fentanyl safety workshops across the province for first responders. The first of a two-day workshop was held in Prince George today.
120 firefighters, police officers, paramedics, correctional officers and civilian employees gathered at Westwood Church to gain insight into the overdose crisis, and learn the importance of using the proper equipment around the powerful drug.