Claiming nearly 120 American lives daily, opioid overdose is a true public health crisis. An opiate overdose typically takes 45 to 90 minutes to turn fatal, creating a critical window of opportunity for lifesaving intervention. Across the United States, law enforcement agencies are increasingly training their officers to carry naloxone in an effort to stem the tide of overdose fatalities.
You will hear from Lieutenant Detective Pat Glynn, Commander of the Special Investigations/Narcotics Unit of the Quincy, MA, Police Department who will share some impressive results about how opiate overdose deaths have been greatly reduced in the communities he serves by officers carrying naloxone. Tara Kunkel will share information about Bureau of Justice Assistance’s newly released online Naloxone and Law Enforcement Toolkit which was developed to assist law enforcement agencies in establishing a naloxone program.
The online toolkit contains materials law enforcement agencies can easily adapt or use for officer training, policy development, data collection, and educational purposes.