Kingston: Fire Department Participates in Non-Opioid Pain Management Initiative

The Mass. Department of Public Health has granted the Kingston Fire Department permission to use a non-opioid pain medication for those who are in its care.

The Kingston Fire Department is the first in the state allowed to administer Toradol, a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug, in cases where pain management does not require a stronger opiate.

Kingston Firefighter Michael Gallagher is hopeful that this initiative will prevent the state’s current opiate addiction crisis from spreading:

State Rep. Tom Calter is also hopeful that all of the other town fire departments in Massachusetts will follow Kingston’s lead:

The non-opioid pain management initiative from Kingston’s Fire Department officially begins on May 1.



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About Mimi Walker

Mimi Walker is a 2016 graduate from Emerson College, holding a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism. While at Emerson, she was both an avid reporter and an on-air music personality at 88.9 WERS, Emerson’s long-running radio station. She also wrote for several on-campus publications. She covered the 2015 Edward R. Murrow awards in New York City, and had previous internships at 103.3 AMP radio and at Seacrest Studios in Boston Children’s Hospital (as well as with Rob and Lisa on the South Shore Morning News!) Her proudest academic achievement is being a TOMODACHI scholar and contributing to an iBook about American Senator and war hero Daniel Inouye, which led her all across Japan in her many school travels. Thanks to her time in Japan, and a semester abroad in the Netherlands, Mimi has an appetite for stories and all kinds of art across the globe.