The Role of Emergency Medical Services in the Opioid Epidemic

for the Public Health Committee on behalf of the NAEMSP Board of Directors

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The opioid crisis is an ongoing public health concern and EMS agencies are in a critical position to reach at-risk populations. The traditional role of EMS in treating acute opioid overdoses has expanded to include preventative strategies as well as long-term treatment and recovery options. EMS agencies are uniquely positioned to partner with local community resources and hospitals to combine efforts in implementing harm-reduction strategies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)462-464
Number of pages3
JournalPrehospital Emergency Care
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2021


  • EMS
  • epidemic
  • naloxone
  • opioids


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