The opioid overdose crisis will likely find its way into forestry crews.

Forestry Contractors Should Plan for Fentanyl Scourge (03/02/17)

The opioid overdose crisis will likely find its way into forestry crews.

It would be unwise for forestry contractors to think their workers are exempt from the lethal hazard posed by fentanyl overdoses. At least one forestry firm has reported a work-related opioid death this year. Forestry workers may be particularly vulnerable in an incident given the remote work locations of some camps, available first aid, and the isolation possible between individuals in tents or hotel rooms. Fentanyl affects the part of the brain in charge of respiration. Victims simply stop breathing. CPR can sustain a patient if their condition is recognized in time. Injections of naloxone are effective provided someone knows the symptoms and how to administer the drug. Just who can do this, under what circumstances, along with the legalities it might attract are under review now by proactive WFCA companies. We will be sharing those practices once we have fully explored the legal, health, and safety landscape of this crisis. In the meantime we recommend employers familiarize themselves by visiting fentanyl information websites like: www.towardtheheart.com and http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/overdose/what-you-need-to-know