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Substance abuse prevention education online course for first responders, including fire, law enforcement, emergency medical and others

Substance Abuse Prevention for First Responders

First Responders’ workplaces are, by their nature, highly stressful. Traumatic events, typically unexpected and sudden, fall well beyond the bounds of normal experience; hence they can have profound physical, emotional and psychological impacts – even for the best trained, experienced and seasoned First Responder’s. First responders must cope with these stressors. The culture of the First Responder workplace often encourages alcohol use as a coping mechanism. Research has demonstrated that almost 25% of First Responder’s have become alcohol dependent due to occupational stress. But many researchers believe this is far lower than the true figure of responders who are substance users and abusers.

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