As the opioid epidemic continues to take a devastating toll across the country, in Northeast Ohio fentanyl is now the most commonly used drug involved in overdoses.

As the powerful synthetic opioid is 50 to 100 times stronger than morphine, it has also become a risk to first responders. A bipartisan group of congress members are trying a new approach to help keep them safe. 

The Protecting First Responders from Secondary Exposure Act, originally introduced by Rep. Dave Joyce (R-OH) during the last session of Congress, seeks to provide more resources to first responders on the front line of the opioid epidemic. The bipartisan legislation was co-sponsored by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R- Iowa). The …

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