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By Jeff Pack 

Fentanyl Epidemic: First responders discuss seriousness of the problem


Last updated 3/27/2020 at 12:41am

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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.

First responders know better than anyone the threat that fentanyl poses to the public. From 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, they 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, lo...

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