LOCAL NEWS

West Valley Fire Dept. now carrying non-opioid based pain medications on ambulances

Jan 18, 2022, 6:00 PM | Updated: Jun 8, 2022, 6:26 pm

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah — The 911 calls come every day. It’s stressful career knowing seconds count.

Now, though, paramedics with the West Valley City Fire Department have one less thing to worry about when giving patients drugs to help with pain.

“There are big issues throughout the entire country with opioid-based medications becoming very addictive,” Scott Hall said.

Hall is a battalion chief with the West Valley City Fire Department and is proud to say his department is now the first in the state to offer patients medication for pain that are non-opioid based.

“We have an option to give them either IV acetaminophen or Toradol, which will treat their pain, bring their pain level down, and ease their worries about having an opioid addiction,” Hall said. “We don’t want to put our patients at risk later on in their recovery process with possibly becoming addicted to those medications.”

West Valley ambulances began carrying these drugs a couple of weeks ago. Paramedics will still have opioids, such as morphine and fentanyl, and will discuss giving them to patients on 911 calls, if possible.

As of Tuesday morning, West Valley paramedics have given these non-opioid drugs to patients in 25 cases. It’s in response to the opioid epidemic, where some addictions began with simple pain management.

“This is a big deal. There are studies that demonstrate some people are just very, very sensitive to opioids and can become easily addicted, even with just a dose or two,” Dr. Peter Taillac, medical director for the WVCFD, said.

Dr. Taillac is also with the University of Utah, and says IV acetaminophen and Toradol are very effective in pain management without many of the side-effects opioids have.

“It doesn’t cause as much nausea, if at all. It doesn’t cause problems with over-sedation or suppressing respirations,” he said.

Instead, these drugs are helping the patient with pain now. And possibly later.

“We feel like this is really taking a step forward in a very positive direction,” Taillac said.

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

Local News

Charles Alires, 34, was stabbed to death Thursday afternoon on Main Street in Salt Lake City. (KSL...
Brooke Williams

One SLC stabbing suspect in custody, police searching for another

Police are asking the public for help in the search for a second suspect in a fatal stabbing.
12 hours ago
Man accused of exposing himself at Utah store...
Shara Park

Man accused of exposing himself to underage girls at Utah store

The owner of Rad Swim in Highland is warning Utah families after she says a man exposed himself to her associate and several young girls in her store Monday evening.
1 day ago
High school teammates play in Super Bowl...
Ayanna Likens

2 former Stansbury High School teammates to faceoff in the Super Bowl

Two former Stansbury High School football teammates will face each other as rivals in the Super Bowl.
1 day ago
HOV lanes for pregnant women...
Katija Stjepovic

House passes bill allowing pregnant women to drive solo in HOV lanes

Pregnant women may soon be allowed to drive solo in HOV lanes after a bill allowing just that passed in the Utah House of Representatives Friday.
1 day ago
(Matt Rascon/KSL TV)...
Matt Rascon & Eliza Pace

KSL+: Healing in schools after Enoch tragic shooting

In the weeks following the tragic shooting in Enoch that killed five children, the school community continues to feel the impact.
1 day ago
FILE (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images for UNITAS)...
Madison Swenson

Two Utah county men, business charged with $11M COVID tax fraud scheme

Two Utah County men, as well as an accounting business in Provo, have been charged with a COVID-related tax fraud scheme totaling more than $11 million.
1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

vintage photo of lighting showroom featuring chandeliers, lamps, wall lights and mirrors...
Lighting Design

History of Lighting Design | Over 25 Years of Providing Utah With the Latest Trends and Styles

Read about the history of Lighting Design, a family-owned and operated business that paved the way for the lighting industry in Utah.
Fiber Optical cables connected to an optic ports and Network cables connected to ethernet ports...
Brian Huston, CE and Anthony Perkins, BICSI

Why Every Business Needs a Structured Cabling System

A structured cabling system benefits businesses by giving you faster processing speeds and making your network more efficient and reliable.
notebook with password notes highlighted...
PC Laptops

How to Create Strong Passwords You Can Actually Remember

Learn how you can create strong passwords that are actually easy to remember! In a short time you can create new ones in seconds.
house with for rent sign posted...
Chase Harrington, president and COO of Entrata

Top 5 Reasons You May Want to Consider Apartment Life Over Owning a Home

There are many benefits of renting that can be overshadowed by the allure of buying a home. Here are five reasons why renting might be right for you.
Festive kitchen in Christmas decorations. Christmas dining room....
Lighting Design

6 Holiday Decor Trends to Try in 2022

We've rounded out the top 6 holiday decor trends for 2022 so you can be ahead of the game before you start shopping. 
Happy diverse college or university students are having fun on their graduation day...
BYU MBA at the Marriott School of Business

How to Choose What MBA Program is Right for You: Take this Quiz Before You Apply!

Wondering what MBA program is right for you? Take this quiz before you apply to see if it will help you meet your goals.
West Valley Fire Dept. now carrying non-opioid based pain medications on ambulances