Ohio has the second-highest rate of deaths by overdose in the country, according a recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The University of Cincinnati on Wednesday hosted a community paramedicine seminar to address the region’s opioid crisis and other challenges facing the field.
The seminar at Cincinnati’s Center for Addiction Treatment was part of a community paramedicine course offered by UC’s fire science and emergency management program. Attendees included UC students and professors, as well as fire chiefs, fire lieutenants, paramedics and other first responders in the Tri-State area.
With its focus on local partnerships and local problems, the seminar reflected the urban impact platform of UC’s strategic direction, Next Lives Here.
Paramedicine faces challenges like substance abuse, heart failure, falls, chronic disease and mental health-related problems. Paramedicine professionals must find creative solutions to address these diverse challenges.
“Community paramedicine is a very broad topic and each community needs to identify what it is they need,” said UC fire science professor Lawrence Bennett, who organized the seminar.