PARKERSBURG W.Va, (WTAP)- The U. S. Customs and Boarder Protection uploaded a video to their YouTube page Thursday that gives recommended protocol to first responders who are exposed to synthetic opioids, including fentanyl.
The short video talks about the different ways first responders can be exposed to a synthetic opioid, how they can protect themselves from the substance, and what to do if others are exposed. Local first responders believe the video serves as an important reminder to the proper precautions that need to be taken on the job.
“It’s always good to have the reinforcement as to the dangers and what you can do about it, it’s always good to have especially if you can pack it into a 5 or 10 minute video that someone can watch and it’s just easier that way,” says Robert Sims, Chief Deputy of the Wood County Sheriff’s Office.
The White House’s Office of National Drug Control Policy, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation were involved in compiling the video’s recommendations for first responders.