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EMS Harm Reduction and SUD Treatment

In this EMS Focus webinar, we explore the integration of harm reduction and Substance Use Disorder (SUD) treatment, highlighting the role of EMS care in addressing these crucial health challenges. Our panelists shed light on recent research findings and discuss innovative strategies and interventions aimed at preventing overdoses in communities. Additionally, the webinar covered the reduction of health risks associated with impaired driving, including the impact on traffic crashes, emphasizing the importance of innovation in driving positive outcomes in public health and safety.

Panelists Include:

  • Kate Elkins, Emergency Medical Services/911 Specialist, NHTSA’s Office of EMS (moderator)

  • Gerard Carroll, M.D., EMS Medical Director, Cooper University Health Care; Division Head of EMS/Disaster Medicine; and Program Director, EMS Fellowship Program

  • John Ehrhart, Paramedic; EMS Manager, San Diego Health Connect; Co-Founder, California Paramedic Foundation; and Founder, Mission Critical Protocols

  • Simon Taxel, Paramedic Crew Chief and Public Safety Diver, Pittsburgh Bureau of EMS; Bloomberg Fellow, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health