Yes, EMS Responds to Opioid Overdoses

EMS has been on the frontlines of the opioid overdose epidemic. Long before presidential candidates, national news outlets, and U.S. Senators were discussing the scope of the epidemic and the billions of dollars needed to reverse overdoses, provide treatment and stem the flow of legal and legal narcotics EMS was treating overdose patients. Long after the epidemic wanes – likely years from now – EMTs and paramedics will come to the aid of narcotics overdose patients.

Naloxone is not new. It was first approved by the FDA in 1971. As long as there are naturally-derived and synthetically produced opioids we will need naloxone.

I responded to a three strikes and your dead idea floated by an Ohio city councilman.

Should EMS let opioid overdose patients die?

Many other EMS authors and bloggers have also discussed this stunning proposal.

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.