The United States is in the midst of an epidemic of addiction to opioids and fentanyl. On 18
September 2018, DomPrep hosted a roundtable discussion at MedStar NRH Rehabilitation Network in
Washington, DC, to discuss this threat. The three-hour conversation led by Craig DeAtley, PA-C,
emergency manager for MedStar System, examined the extent of the problem, including the harmful risks to
operational responders – people who are in physical contact with people as part of their daily work –
from fentanyl/opioid exposure. Key discussion points summarized in this article included: impacts on
public safety, data collection, best practices, personnel protection, and whole community collaboration.