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July 28, 2022

Joining Forces—Innovative EMS Approaches to the Opioid Epidemic

All across the county, the emergency medical services (EMS) system is providing life-saving care to individuals with substance use disorders (SUDs) and other co-occurring mental health issues. This webinar will illustrate innovative EMS approaches to meeting community needs in the face of the current opioid crisis. The integration of EMS data with ODMAP to better identify hot spots and trends, as well as how EMS data, in combination with other information, has helped drive community-specific interventions will be discussed. Misperceptions and compassion fatigue among providers will also be addressed, as participants hear about the Community Outreach and Paramedic Education (COPE) Program in South Carolina.


  • Arnold Allier, Ed.D., N.R.P., South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, Bureau of Public Health and Preparedness
  • Christina Galardi, M.P.H., M.C.R.P., CDC Foundation


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