How a paramedic’s #StopHeroin campaign morphed into opioid abuse prevention, treatment

By: EMS1 Staff

Lisa Cassidy took action after noticing the amount of opioid overdose calls crews with St. Charles County Ambulance District were running.

The opioid epidemic has become national news – you can’t turn on the TV without hearing a mention of the widespread issue.

But for first responders, the opioid epidemic is more than a 6 p.m. news story. It’s an everyday, around-the-clock problem that’s plaguing both large and small fire and EMS departments.

In St. Charles County, Mo., which is one of the nation’s fastest-growing counties, paramedic Lisa Cassidy took note of the amount of overdose calls crews with St. Charles County Ambulance District were running.

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