The Problem Of Prescription Drugs

1279 WordsApr 1, 20176 Pages
Every year millions of teenagers experiment with prescription drugs and many they think prescription drugs are safer than illicit drugs found on the streets. “According to the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University, teens who abuse prescription drugs are twice as likely to use alcohol, five times more likely to use marijuana, and twelve to twenty times more likely to use illegal street drugs such as heroin, Ecstasy and cocaine than teens who do not abuse prescription drugs” ("Drug free world," n.d., p. A1). These figures demonstrate the need and urgency we must teach our young people to avoid drug use which will minimize their chances of developing other substance abuse problems. The Taskforce will…show more content…
With support and training from area hospitals on the administering of Naloxone, firefighters will learn to embrace their role in the opioid crisis. Furthermore, the AFD will develop and host several internal meetings to discuss the importance of protecting the community from all threats, not just traditional fire department roles. The Chief staff will be tasked with exploring financial options for training all firefighters to be at the minimum an emergency medical technician, but also identify financial sources to fund some firefighters to become paramedics. A paramedic program will take the time to develop due to the expensive equipment and medical direction, but will greatly enhance the fire department 's ability to protect the community. It will take some time to change the culture and opinions about EMS calls, but open communication and encouragement from the Chief and staff will help to motive firefighters to adopt the change. In addition to responding to calls, the Taskforce recommends that adoption of a Safe Station program like the one developed in Manchester, New Hampshire. The Taskforce recommends that AFD fire stations become receiving facilities for drug users seeking help. The Manchester Safe Station program invites any drug addicts seeking help to visit one of their fire stations
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