Podcast: The Opioid Epidemic and It’s Impact on First Responders

In this episode of The Executive Innovation Show Podcast, Carrie Chitsey and Daniel Miller speak with Mark Lamplugh. Mark Lamplugh is a fourth-generation firefighter and former captain with the Lower Chichester (PA) Fire Company. He is the Director of Media and Public Relations with Institute for Responder Wellness and formerly Deer Hollow Recovery. Mark is one of the top marketing executives in the United States and has revolutionized how Mental Health, Behavioral Health, and Non-profits reach potential clients and spread their message thru influence and traditional marketing. 

Listen in on topics discussed during this podcast such as: 

  • The adverse effects of the opioid epidemic on first responders. Underlying issues include mental health, addiction, alcoholism, and fatigue. How are today's firefighters and EMTs coping with such an increase in overdose calls? 

  • What is the added stress of combining EMTs and firefighter duties? The consistent run to calls has created no downtime/rest. 

  • Rural areas are being hit hard by the opioid epidemic. From experience, Mark explains that everyday overdose occurrence went from very rare to nearly everyday after 2010. 

  • What are the safety issues with fentanyl? We talk about changes in equipment and procedure to keep firefighters and EMTs safe. 

  • Listen as we talk about the Deer Hollow Recovery, a trauma program that specializes in first responders. First responders are able to receive mental health treatment without having substance abuse issues.

  • Listen in on Mark and Daniel discussing the mental health stigma placed on first responders. How can we change that? And what solutions can we provide to help those help us every day? 

  • Hear how non-profits such as the Institute For Responder Wellness are giving first responders the opportunity to call and talk to other first responders for help.  

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