President Trump’s Opioids Commission Issues Key Report

Overdoses from opioids and their synthetic analogues have claimed the lives of approximately 65,000 people during the last 12 months. That’s over 178 deaths each day, and does not include the millions more who abuse or are dependent upon these drugs.

In response, President Donald Trump convened a Commission on Combatting Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis. Earlier this month, the President’s Commission released its final report. While many parts of the report are worthy of discussion, AIHA has been most concerned with protecting first responders and others from occupational exposure to opioids and their extremely hazardous synthetic analogues. AIHA worked with the President’s Commission, and was very pleased to see that the final report contained a robust section on this aspect of the crisis, including new Fentanyl Safety Recommendations for First Responders in Appendix 4 (page 125). AIHA assisted in drafting the Recommendations and is listed as a collaborative supporting organization alongside 23 others. The inclusion of the section on first responders in the final report and accompanying Fentanyl Safety Recommendations is especially notable, as the Commission’s interim report did not directly address first responders. Be sure to check out our related press release on this matter, which contains additional recommendations for necessary next steps.​