President Trump, Ask EMS about Opioid Epidemic

The President’s opioid commission issued its (overdue) draft report this week. The commission makes many reasonable recommendations, but has seemingly failed to consider the expertise of EMS in understanding the epidemic, the thousands (hundreds of thousands?) of patients being saved by EMS, the opportunity for EMS to steer addicts towards treatment, and the staggering costs of prehospital care for addicts.

Read my four takeaways and observations on the report. After reading, share your thoughts and comments by emailing the President’s commission.

No mention of EMS from Trump’s opioid commission

Two other must read articles:

  1. Fact or fiction: Transdermal fentanyl exposure
  2. Falsehood Flies about the resistance/reluctance of the media and responders to consider the facts about fentanyl exposure

By Greg Friese

Greg Friese, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, is an author, educator, paramedic, and marathon runner.

Greg was the co-host of the award winning EMSEduCast podcast, the only podcast by and for EMS educators. Greg has written for,, Wilderness Medical Associates, JEMS Magazine, and EMS World Magazine, and the NAEMSE Educator Newsletter.