U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced the launch of the Justice Department’s Law Enforcement Naloxone Toolkit this week at the International Association of Chiefs of Police Conference inOrlando, Florida. The one-stop clearinghouse will provide law enforcement agencies with important information about Naloxone, a potentially lifesaving drug known for effectively restoring breathing to a victim in the midst of a heroin or other opioid overdose.
In support of this campaign, the Police Foundation has prepared “Five Things You Need to Know About Naloxone to Save Lives.” It is the latest in the “Five Things” series developed by the Police Foundation to aid law enforcement executives in spreading the word about important policing issues. “Five Things You Need to Know About Naloxone to Save Lives” is available on the Police Foundation website as a downloadable and printable pdf.
Every second counts during an overdose, and the Police Foundation joins the Department of Justice in encouraging law enforcement agencies to explore the new toolkit’s answers to frequent questions about naloxone and samples of documents needed to implement an overdose reversal program.
Blake Norton, Police Foundation Vice President, took part in an advisory panel meeting on July 31 where Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) brought together leaders from the law enforcement and public health community, academia, and the federal government. As part of the Attorney General’s expert advisory panel, the Police Foundation helped provide input on the development of the Justice Department’s Law Enforcement Naloxone Toolkit.
“The Police Foundation is pleased to be a partner and support BJA’s important effort to inform police and sheriffs agencies about current practice and how to best implement the use of Naloxone in their Department,” Norton said. “Being able to contribute by providing the ‘Five Things You Need to Know About Naloxone to Save Lives’ gives elected officials, law enforcement leaders and community partners a set of talking points and information that conveys the incredible value of providing this resource to officers and other personnel.”
Since law enforcement officers are often first on an overdose scene, their actions can mean the difference between life and death. The Justice Department’s Law Enforcement Naloxone Toolkit will give officers the knowledge and tools they need in the field to prevent overdose incidents from becoming fatal while awaiting the arrival of emergency medical services.
Developed by the Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance, the Law Enforcement Naloxone Toolkit includes 80 resources from 30 contributing law enforcement and public health agencies. The toolkit’s resources include sample data collection forms, standard operating procedures, training guides, community outreach materials, and memoranda of agreement – all of which can be easily downloaded by other agencies and customized for their use. Additionally, technical assistance is available to further support law enforcement agencies in implementing or enhancing a Naloxone program.
To access the free Department of Justice’s Law Enforcement Naloxone Toolkit, visit www.bja.gov/naloxone.