With more than three decades of specialized experience coupled with industry connections and trusted partnerships, Federal Resources is a single source provider of the customized, integrated solutions response teams need to successfully respond to synthetic opioids.
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Over the past 24 months, Federal Resources has developed individualized solutions for the Drug Enforcement Administration, CBP & USBP, and first responders to ensure a safe and effective response to the current opioid crisis. This process teaches the response elements how to conduct a risk assessment, select the appropriate equipment, and implement the response.
To assist agencies, Federal Resources offers our DrugIQ: Synthetic Opioids Risk-Based Response course which is an 8-hour course providing responders with training on how to conduct a risk assessment for a synthetic opioid scene. Students learn to look for incident indicators, or “clues”, that can be used to categorize the incident into one of four levels of risk.
Each student receives six laminated field guides with considerations for personal protective equipment (PPE), detection, and decontamination as well as the resources required for each level of risk. Inquire about DrugIQ training classes coming to a location near you.
It is first important to ensure that the responders are properly protected from the material they are detecting. Therefore, using a risk-based approach, ensure that the appropriate protective equipment is employed. The protective posture may include respiratory protection with chemical protective clothing or be as simple as interrogating the sample within a glove box or hood. The level of protection is dictated by the risk assessment.
At the lowest level, where responders are only presented with material in contained packaging, standard duty uniforms worn with nitrile gloves, an N100/P100/R100 half-mask respirator, and protective goggles are sufficient. At the highest level, where responders are working within clandestine pill mills or production laboratories, particle tight protective garments and full-face respirators are required. In this case, gear that is designed to meet the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1994 standard are most suitable.
Once the responders’ safety is managed, the next step in the process is determining the level of material available for detection.
Trace detection techniques are required for samples that are less than 1 microgram in available materials, which is usually not visible to the unaided human eye. Trace samples are generally residues on surfaces, outside packages, at interfaces, etc. A handheld mass spectrometer or portable gas chromatograph mass spectrometer will lead the way in trace detection of opioids.
Bulk detection technologies can only be used with samples that have visible amounts of material to interrogate. The two main technologies for bulk detection include Raman Spectroscopy and Infrared Spectroscopy. They are complimentary technologies that can be deployed in separate instruments or combined into one.
Synthetic opioids such as carfentanil, are extremely toxic. Even a small amount of cross-contamination can be fatal. Dry decon alone presents a high risk of cross-contamination as the synthetic opioid particles tend to become airborne. Wet decon alone simply moves the synthetic opioid into a pool of synthetic opioid solution, that can still be hazardous. Consider adding a neutralizing decon solution to render safe the synthetic opioids.
As a small business and your total life-cycle sustainment provider, Federal Resources is a single source for procuring and acquiring what you need and when you need it through our array of specialized contract vehicles. Working within the framework of each varied contract system, we strive to deliver the procurement and acquisition solution that fits your budget and timeline.
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