Med-Math-3D1-202x300CPR crew crashes, volunteer EMS plummets, EMS call volume rises, and we’ll visit with our good friend Lisa Booze from the Maryland Poison Center to see what we can do to help prevent increases in opioid overdose deaths and support community Narcan dosing programs. If that’s what you’re looking for, you found it, right here on this week’s episode of the MedicCast.

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MedicCast Episode 423

Good day and welcome to this week’s episode of the MedicCast. I’m your host, Jamie Davis the Podmedic and I’d like to welcome you to this week’s show. In this week’s EMS news items we’ll look at two articles that have lessons to give regarding EMS call volume and volunteer EMS staffing and funding.

Then in this week’s tip of the week segment we visit again with Lisa Booze from the Maryland Poison Center and learn more about the national epidemic of opioid overdoses and what you and your community might do to help deal with the problem. Prevention is always important but coordinating a rapid response to those overdoses is important also. We’ll find out more about that later in the show after the news.

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I got an email from EMT audience member Josh who wanted to thank me for the show each week and to ask for a shout out to his service and their paramedic partners. So to the gang at Ambitrans Naples, I offer you kudos on the hard work you do and hope you enjoy the upcoming holiday season safely. Take care and keep checking out the MedicCast! That’s it for this part of the show, let’s get ready for the news coming right up!

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EMS News

Ambulance Crashes With CPR In Progress

Volunteer EMS Staffing and Funding Crises

EMS Systems and Municipalities Face Tough Funding Decisions

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Tip of the Week:  Opioid Death Rates and Community Narcan Programs

teen-pills.jpgDeaths from drug overdoses have been increasing over the past two decades at an alarming rate. Among Americans 25 to 64 years old, drug overdose is the leading cause of unintentional injury death, surpassing motor vehicle accidents. In 2011, there were more than 41,000 drug overdose deaths in the U.S. and 80% of those were unintentional.

Of those overdoses caused by pharmaceuticals, ¾ were due to prescription opioid analgesics (e.g. oxycodone, hydrocodone, methadone, morphine, fentanyl). Also, in the past year or two, many states have seen an increase in the number of heroin deaths. I caught up with Lisa Booze from the Maryland Poison Center to talk about opioid overdose rates and what we can do to support community based narcan programs that are cropping around the country. Check it out!

Links:

Maryland Poison Center

CDC on Drug Overdoses and Illegal Drug Use

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