Changing Attitudes: Law Enforcement, Public Health and Naloxone
Date & Time
Tuesday, April 3, 2018, 3:45 PM - 5:00 PM
Harry Earle, MA, Chief of Police, Gloucester Township (New Jersey) Police Department
Patrick Glynn, MA, NREMT, Lieutenant Detective-Commander, Special Investigations and Narcotics Units, Quincy (Massachusetts) Police Department
William Lynch, RPh, BPharm, Clinical Staff Pharmacist, Jefferson Health System, atTAcK addiction and Camden County (New Jersey) Addiction Awareness Task Force
Moderator: Nancy Hale, MA, President and Chief Executive Officer, Operation UNITE, and Member, National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit Advisory Board
CE Certified By: AMA,AAFP,ACPE,APAGA Bar,GA POST
Objections exist to law enforcement carrying naloxone in some jurisdictions. In this session, presenters will make the case for naloxone programs as effective partnerships between law enforcement and public health and identify strategies to overcome barriers to the programs.
The creator of the Quincy Model in Massachusetts will explain the value of officers carrying and administering naloxone. Attendees will travel from inception in 2010 to present day and experience best practices — a direct result of the collaboration of law enforcement and the Department of Public Health. The presenter will discuss proven steps to reduce opioid overdose deaths while ensuring officers safety. Other topics will include safe prescribing, dispensing and proper disposal of unused medications. The presenter will reflect on how a local issue evolved into a national initiative to streamline access to naloxone, amend local laws, save lives, restore families and return people with substance use disorders to the community.
From Delaware and New Jersey, presenters will outline strategies to convince law enforcement to carry naloxone. The Camden County Addiction Awareness Task Force in New Jersey and atTAcK Addiction in Delaware successfully developed and employed these methodologies, including: providing scientific evidence of the changes in the brain’s neurochemistry, structure and function; demonstrating the genetic predisposition to the disease of addiction; and addressing senior officers as well as academy recruits. The presenters also will review solutions to mitigate the cost of naloxone along with the message of “protect our own” in law enforcement.
UPON COMPLETION OF THIS COURSE, PARTICIPANTS WILL BE ABLE TO:
- Recognize the impact of the opioid crisis on the family and society.
- Describe a mindset change of substance use disorder from the officer’s perception: the person.
- Discuss the public’s perception of the changing role of law enforcement.
- Identify objections to law enforcement officers carrying naloxone.
- Explain solutions used to overcome barriers to law enforcement carrying naloxone.
- Outline solutions to enable law enforcement to carry naloxone in your community.