Opioid Overdose Response by Law Enforcementâ€”Training Tips and FAQs
Two short publications can help prepare law enforcement personnel for responding to opioid overdose during COVID-19.
A four-page document provides leaders with information on:
- Why overdose response has become more urgent during COVID-19.
- Why law enforcement response to is important.
- How to develop a training for patrol officers in overdose response.
- What to say when officers express hesitation about becoming involved in overdose response.
A companion three-page document can be shared with patrol officers to reinforce or refresh training. Questions answered are:
- What is an opioid overdose?
- Why Is it important to respond to an overdose?
- How can a law enforcement officer safely respond to an overdose?
- What are the steps in overdose response?
- Should you make arrests after the overdose recovery?
- What should you do after the recovery?
The FAQ document also summarizes the steps in hands-only CPR and rescue breathing and provides information on what to say after reviving someone.
The documents were developed by JBS International, Inc., for HRSA's RCORP-TA Program. For more information, Contact RCORP-TA program at https://www.rcorp-ta.org/contact-us.