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Opioid use and misuse has been rising nationwide since 1999, as have the number of opioid-related deaths. This has not been limited to illicit drug use, but accelerated by prescribing practices that have ignored concerns about addiction. Emergency services have seen an increasingly high volume of opioid overdose and injury patients, but little additional support to respond to this crisis. This study seeks to investigate EMS workers perceptions of the opioid crisis and the barriers they face to providing adequate response.
Opioid, opioid-related deaths, emergency services
Bioethics and Medical Ethics
Kruse A, Wasserman J. Compassion fatigue seen in EMS workers treating chronic opioid users. Poster presented at: Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine Embark Capstone Colloquium; 2023 May; Rochester Hills, MI.