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Between 250 and 300 people will die today from a fentanyl-related overdose. Are we faced with a weapon of mass destruction? An epidemic? A mental health crisis? Or all of the above?

Our guest, hazmat expert David DiGregorio, brings a career of unique experience that includes serving in the U.S. Army's medical field and as Director of Hazmat Emergency Response in Massachusetts. With a background in medical, CBRN, and hazmat - David has a special skill set in improving readiness and response tactics in emergency situations.

Together we discuss the fentanyl crisis from all angles, including its potential weaponization and the challenges faced by law enforcement and first responders. David reveals how hazmat teams are working hand in hand with law enforcement to combat clandestine drug labs, as well as the importance of breaking down silos among various agencies, the obstacles around fentanyl testing, and the critical need for improved communication.

Join us as we discuss:
  • What hazmat means in today's context
  • The role of technology in the field
  • Innovative strategies for tackling the fentanyl crisis
  • Complexities of regulating substances like xylazine
  • The need for a comprehensive approach to address this growing epidemic
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Listening on a desktop & can’t see the links? Just search for The Opioid Matrix in your favorite podcast player.
Between 250 and 300 people will die today from a fentanyl-related overdose. Are we faced with a weapon of mass destruction? An epidemic? A mental health crisis? Or all of the above? Our guest, hazmat expert David DiGregorio , brings a career of unique experience that includes serving in the U.S. Army's medical field and as Director of Hazmat Emergency Response in Massachusetts. With a background in medical, CBRN, and hazmat - David has a special skill set in improving readiness and response tactics in emergency situations. Together we discuss the fentanyl crisis from all angles, including its potential weaponization and the challenges faced by law enforcement and first responders. David reveals how hazmat teams are working hand in hand with law enforcement to combat clandestine drug labs, as well as the importance of breaking down silos among various agencies, the obstacles around fentanyl testing, and the critical need for improved communication. Join us as we discuss: What hazmat means in today's context The role of technology in the field Innovative strategies for tackling the fentanyl crisis Complexities of regulating substances like xylazine The need for a comprehensive approach to address this growing epidemic To make sure you never miss an episode of The Opioid Matrix, subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, the website, or your favorite podcast player. Listening on a desktop & can’t see the links? Just search for The Opioid Matrix in your favorite podcast player. read more read less

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