Posted Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

The Morris County Office of Emergency Management, in partnership with the Sameth Emergency Department at the Morristown Medical Center, joined with Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon at a training forum which was recently held at the Morristown Medical Center. Topics focused on how EMS can help in the fight against heroin in Morris County.

Stigma Free Morris County: Special EMS Heroin Training Session at Morristown Medical Center

Sheriff Gannon and Undersheriff Alan Robinson addressed the 90 EMS attendees with important information on this issue. Topics included an update on heroin trends across the county, an overview of what the Morris County Sheriff’s Criminal Investigations Section has been seeing on drug related scenes, and how the Morris County Sheriff’s Trends and Analysis Team is supporting the initiative.

Also, they outlined how the Morris County Sheriff’s Hope 1 team is hitting the streets in an effort to get out and do something in the fight on heroin instead of just talking about it.

photo of Sheriff Gannon addresses EMS volunteers

Sheriff Gannon addresses EMS volunteers

photo of heroin and a syringeIn addition, Undersheriff Robinson spoke on how the Morris County Correctional Facility has joined the fight against heroin.

It’s not just about incarceration anymore, he said, but rather getting help to people in need- with the goal that these individuals can return to society as productive members drug free.

The “How EMS can Help” portion of the forum focused on the “do’s and don’ts” when EMS is on the scene of a drug related event. Attendees were also provided with Narcan Administration Training presented by Phil Orfan, EMS Education Coordinator for the Atlantic Training Center.

It was an evening of education with EMS workers who volunteer to serve the public, and are on the front line of the opioid epidemic, making a difference every day.

Thanks to all of the participants for making a difference in the lives of many, and also especially thank you to the county’s partners at the Sameth Emergency Department at the Morristown Medical Center, for helping deliver a highly informative training session.