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Special Coverage: Combating the opioid crisis

Despite national recognition, widespread access to naloxone, and millions allocated to grants to combat the opioid epidemic, drug overdoses are the leading cause of accidental death in the United States, killing an estimated 60,000 people in 2016.

This series seeks to explore why the fire service is on the front lines of the opioid epidemic, strategies to help protect first responders from fentanyl, empathy and progress in the opioid epidemic and more.

Chief Christopher Snedeker explains how his department started noticing an uptick in opioid-related calls and how they’re working to make sure they stay on top of the issue
The goal of Safe Stations is to provide a safe and low-stress option for individuals seeking treatment for their drug addiction
Resiliency training, real-time data and safe stations are helping firefighters and the communities they serve combat the opioid epidemic