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NEW: Rocky Mountain HIDTA Report on the Impact of Legaiization

of Marijuana in Colorado


 First Responder Exposure to Fentanyl: Facts and Myths from North

Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition


Building Successful Partnerships between Law Enforcement and Public Health Agencies to Address Opioid Use--report on successful programs bring police together with community volunteers, public defenders, health providers, and others to divert addicted individuals away from the criminal justice system and toward treatment. 

Fentanyl: A Briefing Guide for First Responders from the DEA (2017)

Dept. of Justice resources and video on fentanyl safety for First Responders

Gloucester, MA, Angel program proven effective Read the New England Journal of Medicine article. 

HARP: Brick Township, NJ: Heroin Addiction Response Program. Allows substance abusers to report to a participating police headquarters to go to addiction and treatment evaluation without any threat of charges or jail. Westmoreland police departments interested in replicating this model with local adaption are invited to contact DOTF Director Tim Phillips at 724-830-3827.

Pittsburgh Poison Center's Safety Recommendations for Suspected Opioid Exposure fact sheet.

Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I.)

Resources from the first PAARI National Law Enforcement Summit

(P.A.A.R.I.) was started to support local police departments as they work with opioid addicts. Rather than arrest our way out of the problem of drug addiction, P.A.A.R.I. committed police departments:

  • Encourage opioid drug users to seek recovery

  • Help distribute life saving opioid blocking drugs to prevent and treat overdoses

  • Connect addicts with treatment programs and facilities

  • Provide resources to other police departments and communities that want to do more to fight the opioid addiction epidemic

PAARI sponsors community resource nights where LE and treatment personnel are available for drop-in resource fair.

Project Lazarus has a fact sheet for Court professionals in their Community Coalition Toolkit.  See page 61.

SAMHSA's Opioid Toolkit has information for first responders,

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