Tulsa is poised to be nation’s first ‘Zero Overdose’ community

As Tulsa’s first responders were called to more and more overdoses in recent years, Captain Justin Lemery knew the city’s Fire Department needed to act — to do something that could stem these crises before they happen. 

Oklahoma is in the thick of what experts have called the fourth wave of the opioid epidemic, driven by a rise in opioids and psychostimulants like methamphetamine being used together. In Tulsa, the Fire Department responds to about eight overdoses a day, said Lemery, the department’s director of emergency medical services.