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Illicit Drug Exposure

Emergency medical services (EMS) providers, firefighters, and law enforcement personnel are among those who may encounter illicitly-manufactured drugs during their work. Given the potential for exposure to these drugs and the hazardous substances used to produce them, it is important that workers in these industries understand how to protect themselves. The Worker Training Program (WTP) has developed an awareness-level training tool on the prevention of occupational exposure to fentanyl and other opioids. Several WTP awardees have also developed training courses for workers who may be involved in a methamphetamine (meth) lab discovery or a meth lab cleanup. These resources are found below, along with additional health and safety resources related to occupational exposure to opioids and the hazards associated with clandestine meth labs.

Training Resources

The National Clearinghouse creates training tools to aid in the development of awareness-level courses or other awareness-level materials. These tools provide health and safety guidance to those involved in disaster response and cleanup activities.

Fentanyl and Other Opioids Training Tool

WTP Awardee Resources

Federal Links and Documents

Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)


State/Local Links and Documents

Please refer to your state or local health department website for additional guidance on health risks related to occupational exposure to opioids and other illicit drugs.

Other Links and Documents

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