Opioids and Animal Welfare

The Forensic Technology Center of Excellence is presenting a webinar titled "Opioid Substances: A Threat to Animal Welfare and Safety," August 29, 2017 at 1 pm EDT.

From the FTCoE announcement:

The complex and evolving opioid epidemic has devastated lives, families and communities. As with any other social ill, where people are at risk of harm, so are animals. The opioid epidemic presents a “triple-threat” to animal welfare and safety.

  • Pets belonging to people with opioid use disorder (addiction) may suffer from consequences of their human caretakers'inability to provide adequate care (starvation or other forms of neglect).
  • Some addicts have deliberately harmed their animals in an effort to obtain narcotic drugs from a veterinarian.
  • Accidental exposure of pets and working K9s to opioid substances through ingestion or inhalation is increasing in frequency.

Working K9s are especially at risk to sniff and ingest drugs causing a possible overdose. “Anecdotally we’ve seen more stories about working dogs being exposed to dangerous, illegally obtained opioids, but we don’t have any statistics to show how often this is happening, or if it’s actually happening more often, or it’s just an increase in awareness and reporting,” according to the American Veterinary Medical Association’s spokesman Michael San Filippo. Anyone working with K9s in settings where they may be accidentally exposed to an opioid substance should be prepared to treat the emergency....

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