Law Enforcement Opioid Resources

Law Enforcement Opioid Resources

Law enforcement agencies around the world are grappling with the epidemic of opioid overdoses. This initiative provides resources to address the enforcement side of this crisis, as well as to promote a paradigm shift toward a public health approach to substance use and prevention. The site also includes an online community for sharing ideas on confronting this issue.

Overdose Response

Training Resources




Model Policies and Information on Naloxone


  • SAFE Project Treatment Locator
    • The resource, from SAFE Project, can assist law enforcement agencies across the United States in facilitating access to treatment for members of their communities with substance use disorders.

Research and Evaluation

Resources for Research and Evaluation
  • Mapping the Opioid Epidemic: How Governments are Taking the Lead on a National Challenge 
    • The Opioid Mapping Initiative (OMI), a coalition of 17 local governments, universities, and nonprofits, wrote this report to encourage local governments to publicly release data. OMI is built on a common understanding that data can drive actionable results at the local level. This report is a series of national maps (e.g., National Naloxone Access Map, National Prescription Drop-Off Map) and local case studies highlighting innovative uses of opioid-related data. The final page offers a list of strategies for users who want to respond to opioid issues in their communities.
      • National Naloxone Access Map
        • Many local governments have undertaken community mapping initiatives to notify the public about where they can find naloxone in their area. But piecemeal efforts do not provide a national representation of locations, so in an effort to stitch these maps together, a national map was created. Thanks to data obtained from Walgreens and CVS, the map now plots 25,000 locations where naloxone is available. This resource represents the most comprehensive overview of naloxone access in the country, and serves as a tool for those who are trying to locate it in their communities.
      • National Prescription Drop-Off Map
        • The National Prescription Drop-off Map represents another comprehensive data gathering initiative that compiles information for people across the country. While incomplete, it is an easy dataset that many governments have started to map. Many states and localities provide resources that explain how to safely drop off unused prescription medications, while other places have made it even easier for individuals looking to drop off medications by mapping all of the locations that accept old prescriptions. Maps are particularly useful in this case, because people can determine where to drop off medications—they may not feel comfortable at a police station, for example, so they can find the nearest pharmacy—and plot their course to get there.
Articles, Reports, and Whitepapers
  • Law Enforcement Looks to Research to Help Fight the Opioid Crisis
    • DOJ’s research arm spotlighted effective practices and identified priority research needs as well as opioid-related challenges, as they relate to law enforcement.
  • Law Enforcement Efforts to Fight the Opioid Crisis.pdf
    • In September 2018, the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) convened subject matter experts to develop a prioritized research agenda for future law enforcement efforts to combat the opioid crisis. Topics discussed included the scope of the epidemic, the science of addiction and treatment, law enforcement safety and wellness, and more. This publication presents thirteen high priority needs that emerged from the meeting along with recommended actions and additional context from participant note
  • Overdose Fatality Review Teams Literature Review
    • This article provides a review of literature on overdose fatality review teams, including goals, recommendations, and information sharing protocols, as well as considerations from other fatality review teams.
  • Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program Assessment: Examining the Scope and Impact of America’s Opioid Crisis: Interim Report to Congress
    • This report discusses the epidemic’s impact on health, well-being, communities, and the criminal justice system; describes criminal justice (and justice-related) responses to the crisis; and documents DOJ’s investment in COAP and other efforts focused on the opioid crisis. 
  • Systematic Evaluation of State Policy Interventions Targeting the US Opioid Epidemic, 2007-2018.pdf
    • Are US state drug policies associated with variation in opioid misuse, opioid use disorder, and drug overdose mortality? In this cross-sectional study of state-level drug overdose mortality data and claims data from 23 million commercially insured patients in the US between 2007 and 2018, state policies were associated with a reduction in known indicators of prescription opioid misuse as well as deaths from prescription opioid overdose and increases in diagnosis of opioid use disorder, overdose, and drug overdose mortality from illicit drugs. 


Training Videos

Treatment and Prevention

General Prevention Efforts
Pre-Arrest Diversion


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