A drug suspect is accused of intentionally dumping drugs in the back of an ambulance. The Hazmat situation ended with four first responders in the hospital.
Now, the situation is highlighting new dangers first responders are facing. Three Indianapolis EMS crew and one police officer were responding to an overdose call this past weekend.
Hazmat crews believe the victim intentionally dumped fentanyl all over the ambulance.
First responders now have to asses the scene of an overdose and determine if it’s safe to treat the patient in the place where they passed out.
With ever-stronger drugs, first responders are hoping neighbors or witnesses will stay on the scene and tell them drugs that person took.
Dr. Dan O’Donnell says, “As much information as we know, that makes us more effective in providing care to you. just be honest with us. It is a serious consideration out there as there are more and more synthetic narcotics out there that have unknown potency.’
In August, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention put out nationwide guidelines for first responders going to an overdose call.
EMS crews now need to wear protective gear including masks if they believe a patient may have taken fentanyl.