This parachute is a knapsack! Rational management of prehospital risk in the era of ultrapotent opioids
Description: Ultrapotent opioids are now commonplace adulterants of national, regional, and local heroin supplies. Further, opioids are becoming increasingly common adulterants in other drugs of abuse, such as methamphetamine. In the setting of potential exposure to ultrapotent opioids, a framework describing best evidence for identifying risk, taking appropriate personal protection, and managing perceived dangers is needed. This talk will seek to undertake these goals, with the intention of arming prehospital providers with the an optimal understanding of risk, and what precautions they need (or don’t need) to take in situations suspicious for ultrapotent opioids.
- Discuss the scope of the ultrapotent opioid epidemic in Minnesota and more broadly.
- Review pharmacokinetic concepts as they pertain to dermal and inhalational exposure to fentanyl analogs.
- Consider a rational approach to risk mitigation in settings where exposure to drugs of abuse is possible.