REA 1-Day Course

The Fentanyl and High Potency Drugs Operational Safety Training Course

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In-House Fentanyl and High Potency Drug Safety Training

REA offers tailored fentanyl and high potency drug safety training to address the needs of a variety of workplace audiences. Find what best suits you and your staff HERE and contact us using the form below.

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Are you or do you have the potential to be accidentally exposed to high potency drugs in the workplace? Do you know the risks associated with fentanyl or its analogues? Are appropriate measures in place to safely handle, process and secure found or seized high potency drugs? Do you know what actions to take in case of unprotected contact or medical emergency? This course is designed to provide an understanding of the dangers of high potency drugs, precautions for protection against exposure, how to identify overexposure and respond in emergencies.

How can I benefit from this course?

This course answers all the questions above and gives you an understanding of:

  • Basics of opiate and fentanyl chemistry and pharmacology

  • Emergence of the opioid epidemic and fentanyl in Canada

  • Legal and illicit supply chains and implications for potential exposure

  • Exposure dynamics in workplace settings

  • Exposure and health risk assessment

  • Protection practices for various exposure scenarios and settings

  • Decontamination practices

  • Symptoms of overexposure

  • Emergency response

View Course Curriculum


Module 1 - Scope of the Fentanyl Problem
Module 2 - Opioid Drugs - Basic Information
Module 3 - Origins of the Current Opioid Epidemic
Module 4 - Basic Information About Fentanyl
Module 5 - The International and Domestic Fentanyl Supply Chain
Module 6 - Potential for Occupational Exposure Along the Domestic Supply Chain
Module 7 - Routes of Exposure and Dosing
Module 8 - Review of Government Agency Guidance
Module 9 - Protective Practices for Workplaces
Module 10 - Decontamination and Disposal of Fentanyl Residues
Module 11 - Workplace Health and Safety Laws and Program Elements
Module 12 - Future Outlook for the Epidemic

Is this course for me?

This course is for workers in Police, EMS, Fire, Border Services, Corrections, Community Services, Hospital Emergency Staff, Housekeeping and Cleaning, and Utilities and Telecommunications.

Cost (See Terms & Conditions)

Public: $695.00 Plus Tax
In-House: Please contact Us


About The Instructor(s)

Dr. John H. Murphy
BSc MHSc MBA PhD ROH CIH

is President of the REA companies in the United States, Canada and Barbados, Adjunct Professor of Occupational and Environmental Health at the University of Toronto School of Public Health, and an occupational hygiene, health and safety consultant and instructor for military and law enforcement organizations.  He holds four degrees: Bachelor of Science, Master of Business Administration, Master of Health Science in occupational hygiene, and Doctor of Philosophy degree in public health.  He is a Certified Industrial Hygienist and a Registered Occupational Hygienist.  His unique expertise and perspective on the course topic has been gained through work as an advisor on fentanyl risk assessment and protective measures with national police, border services, and transport regulatory agencies.

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Dr. Alejandro Colozo
HBSc PhD MPH

holds a BSc and PhD in pharmacology from the University of Toronto, and a Master of Public Health degree in occupational and environmental health from the University of Toronto School of Public Health.  His career experience encompases medical research, HSE consulting, communications, training and customer relations.