Opioids and Overdoses

This page was created to be a collection of information and resources from our FirstWatch customers to serve as a resource for best practices when it comes to how folks are working to tackle the overdose problems in their communities.

If you have any resources or information you think would be helpful for us to share with others, please send any information you have to our Marketing Coordinator, at jabercrombie@firstwatch.net


Latest Posts

PoliceOne article: “How biosurveillance turns opioids-related data into actionable intelligence”

Check out this PoliceOne article “How biosurveillance turns opioids-related data into actionable intelligence” by By Rob Lawrence, P1 Contributor. See how a customer agency, in Richmond, Virginia, is utilizing the […]


How biosurveillance turns opioids-related data into actionable intelligence

PoliceOne article “How biosurveillance turns opioids-related data into actionable intelligence” by By Rob Lawrence, P1 Contributor. See how a customer agency, in Richmond, Virginia, is utilizing the FirstWatch system and turning real-time activity data into actionable intelligence. Of note, the Richmond Ambulance Authority was the first commercial user of the FirstWatch system.


CDC Health Alert Network (HAN) Update on 7/11/18

IN THE NEWS CDC Health Alert Network (HAN) Update on 7/11/18 The CDC has published a Health Update (HAN 00413), via their network, and found at this site:  https://emergency.cdc.gov/han/han00413.asp.  The […]


Detection & Management of Opioid Exposure for Public Safety Working Dogs

IN THE NEWS Detection & Management of Opioid Exposure for Public Safety Working Dogs Veterinary Doctors Maureen McMichael & Ashley Mitek, in conjunction with the University of Illinois College of […]


Detection & Management of Opioid Exposure for Public Safety Working Dogs

Although this subject is outside the usual scope of FirstWatch’s focus, it’s recognized that working service dogs that assist local, state and federal law enforcement and other agency partners (FBI, […]


Synthetic Opioids/Fentanyl and Fentanyl Analogs

This is a collection of resources, developed by experts and stakeholder groups, to help identify, mitigate, and manage the risk for First Responders. The documents contain tools, recommendations, charts, and other pertinent information for knowledge as well as the development of Best Practice Policies for First Responder agencies in dealing with synthetic opioids.


Reducing Opioid Overdose Deaths Within Communities – A Quality Improvement Perspective

Check out the new publication on the role of EMS in addressing the opioid epidemic. It includes an article by our Improvement Guide, Mike Taigman on using quality improvement principles […]


Trinity EMS Inc. using FirstWatch to help track the Opioid crisis in Lowell, MA.

FirstWatch is helping to track the Opioid crisis in Lowell, MA. Interview with FirstWatch customer Jon Kelley from Trinity EMS Inc. Watch the Full Video Here.  


Fentanyl Safety Recommendations for First Responders

The White House released “The Fentanyl Safety Recommendations for First Responders” which provides unified, scientific, evidence-based recommendations to first responders so they can protect themselves when the presence of fentanyl […]


Paramedic Chiefs of Canada: Opioids and First Responder Safety

FirstWatch is proud to host the Paramedic Chiefs of Canada webinars. In their latest webinar, they discuss Opioids and Synthetic Opioids: Protecting the First Responders. Watch the Webinar


Pinnacle 2017 Session: How EMS Can Fight the Opioid Overdose Crisis

What a great session at the Pinnacle 2017 conference. For those of you that were unable to attend, you can find the information regarding the conference below, as well as […]


Pinnacle Webinar Series: Fighting the Opioid Crisis with EMS Data

Join us October 5 at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) for an interactive live discussion about combating the opioid crisis. As an encore to their Pinnacle session, leaders of […]


Fatal opioid overdoses have declined in parts of Eastern Mass

The Boston Globe highlights FirstWatch customer Trinity EMS for their efforts in reducing opioid overdoses in Lowell, MA. Read the Article Here.


New EMS1 Column Post by Mike Taigman – Quality Improvement in Action: Cutting opioid overdose deaths in half

Read the latest post in the new Paramedic Chief column via EMS1, “Better EMS Performance” led by our own Improvement Guide, Mike Taigman. In this new column, Mike and our […]


Crisis Porportions: Communications Center Strategies to Rally Against Opioid Epidemic

FirstWatch is proud to help agencies detect opioid overdoses and share that information with local stakeholders that can intervene in real-time. Learn more in this article featured in the March/April […]


EMS Data Can Help Stop the Opioid Epidemic

Former FirstWatch Medical Director Dr. Alex Garza and Boston EMS, Fire and Police Medical Director Dr. Sophia Dyer, joined forces in this month’s issue of JEMS to share the opportunity […]