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The opioid epidemic has increased the likelihood that first responders will encounter overdose victims. Given that the success of reviving an overdose victim is dependent on swift treatment at the onset of the overdose, many law enforcement agencies are training and equipping officers to administer naloxone to overdose victims. This page will serve as a clearinghouse of resources to help guide law enforcement as they are confronted with difficult questions related to naloxone, more commonly known by the brand name Narcan.


Naloxone Messaging Sheet




Addressing 21st Century Drug Issues: Law Enforcement’s Leadership Role (2016)
This report addresses the entire spectrum of current and emerging U.S. drug issues including illegal drug sources, at-risk populations, Naloxone Reversal programs, drugged driving, drug courts, drug treatment, and diversion. The report discusses selected drug issues concretely, such as those surrounding opioids, prescription drugs, heroin, methamphetamines, and marijuana, and concludes with an action agenda for law enforcement leaders, positioning them to take a lead role in addressing all drug issues from a systematic, community-based perspective.

Drugs of Abuse: Part 1 and Part 2 Training Key (2012) 
This is a two-part Training Key® that discusses the current state of the drug trade and provides detailed information regarding the most commonly encountered drugs of abuse.


Increasing Safety for Law Enforcement Personnel and First Responders in Response to the Dangers of Fentanyl (2016)

Raising Awareness That Opioid Abuse May Lead to Heroin Addiction (2014)

Raising Awareness of the Dangers of Fentanyl to Law Enforcement Personnel (2014)

Bringing Awareness to Effective Tools Being Used to Combat Opiate Pain Reliever Overdose Deaths in the U.S. (2013)


Congress Passes Opioid Bill (2016)
Research in Brief: Effective Use of Naloxone in Response to Fentanyl-Laced Heroin Overdoses (2015)