Fentanyl epidemic: First responders discuss seriousness of the problem

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Cal Fire Riverside County firefighter/paramedic Dustin Brown shows a syringe of Narcan at Wolf Creek Station 92 in Temecula. First responders use Narcan to quickly reverse the effects of a patient experiencing an opioid overdose. Valley News/Shane Gibson photo
First responders know better than anyone the threat that fentanyl poses to the public. Law enforcement like the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department to the Cal Fire Riverside County Fire Department paramedics tasked with trying to save the lives of people who have overdosed on the drug, mince no words. “(The numbers of people dying from fentanyl) are staggering is what they are. They're staggering,” Battalion Chief Gad Amith of the EMS Bureau of Cal Fire Riverside County Fire Department said. “It’s just scary. It scares me. If you haven’t done so, go to the CDC, go to the DEA, look at their website, they’ve got outstanding data that tells you the numbers much better than I can ever share with you globally. Particularly here in the U.S., the numbers are truly frightening.
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