Are Emergency Rooms Failing our First Responders in Addiction?

By Sean Riley – Safe Call Now President & Founder

Tough subject as those personnel in the ER’s and we consider as first responders work hand in hand with those who serve and are saving lives everyday doing amazing work.  Sometimes the tough questions just need to be asked.

Let me tell you about a recent interaction I had with multiple doctors while trying to place a first responder into treatment. Doctors (most like any profession) do amazing work, have incredible knowledge but when it comes to their overall education and training on addiction, it kind of sucks. This first responder finally wanted help and turned to the system. This person was in acute intoxication and sought help through the medical system. I personally drove the first responder to the emergency room upon his request as the alcoholism was at such a level it was in my estimation impacting their health and wellness. This first responder is also a long time drinker, with multiple relapses and was drinking a minimum of a 5th of vodka a day.

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First Responders and How To Avoid Drinking Off Duty…

By Safe Call Now Admin Staff

As a first responder, you put your life and well-being on the line day in and day out. A single week could include fighting the roaring flames of house or forest fires, protecting your community’s businesses and residents from criminals or trying to keep civilians alive after accidents or overdoses.

You see and experience a lot on the job, which can take a toll on your own physical, emotional and mental health. That’s why it feels like drinking together with your colleagues while you cheer on your favorite sports team is one of the few simple pleasures you have left at the end of a long week.

You deserve it after all, right?

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First Responders & Binge Drinking…

By Safe Call Now Admin Staff

Not every first responder who struggles with alcohol addiction has a drink every day. You might think that restricting yourself to a few splurges here and there isn’t that harmful. Binge drinking (as defined by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism) is a pattern of alcohol consumption that raises the blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level to 0.08% or higher. Over a two-hour period, that’s roughly five or more drinks for men or four or more drinks for women. Despite not being classified as a severe alcohol use disorder, binge drinking still carries a number of significant risks both in the short-term and over the long haul for first responders

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