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) is developing an awareness-level training tool on the prevention of occupational exposure to fentanyl and other synthetic 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 synthetic opioids and the hazards associated with clandestine meth labs.
WTP Awardee Resources
- Alabama Fire College
- International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF)
- Midwest Consortium for Hazardous Waste Worker Training
- OAI, Inc.
- Western Region Universities Consortium (WRUC)
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)
- Fentanyl: Preventing Occupational Exposure to Emergency Responders
- Science Blog: Fentanyl Exposure Risks for Law Enforcement and Emergency Response Workers
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
- InterAgency Board Recommendations on Selection and Use of PPE and Decontamination Products for First Responders Against Exposure Hazards to Synthetic Opioids, Including Fentanyl and Fentanyl Analogues
- Office of National Drug Control Policy: Fentanyl Safety Recommendations for First Responders
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 synthetic opioids and other illicit drugs.