Canadian Journal of Public Health (2018) 109:231–232 https://doi.org/10.17269/s41997-018-0044-7 SPECIAL SECTION ON SUBSTANCE USE: LETTER TO THE EDITOR The synthetic opioid epidemic and the need for mental health support for first responders who intervene in overdose cases 1,2 3 4 5,6 7,8 Ehsan Jozaghi & Russ Maynard & Zahra Dadakhah-Chimeh & Kevin Yake & Sarah Blyth Received: 5 February 2018 /Accepted: 22 February 2018 /Published online: 5 March 2018 The Canadian Public Health Association 2018 Dear Editor, experienced (e.g., severe opioid withdrawal, confusion/ We are facing unprecedented cases of overdose and restlessness, and seizures after naloxone administration, overdose-related fatalities, mostly attributed to the intro- in addition to chances of needle poke injuries, and even duction of lethal forms of synthetic opioids in the illegal witnessing death) by those who are tasked to repeatedly drug markets (Wheeler et al. 2015). Responses to the cur- intervene in such cases (Buajordet et al. 2004). rent opioid epidemics occurring in each affected region have differed, with a majority of jurisdictions focused on containing it through funding and training for naloxone and its distributions (Wheeler et al. 2015). The training Ways forward for and distribution of naloxone has not only targeted non-health professionals, such as
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