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Vermont State Police Supports the Development of the Justice Department's Law Enforcement Naloxone Toolkit



posted at 3:04 pm Mon Oct 27th, 2014 by (WherezIt_Staff)

During the International Association of Chiefs of Police Annual Conference and Exposition in Orlando, Fla., U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced the launch of the Justice Department's Law Enforcement Naloxone Toolkit.

This one-stop clearinghouse will provide law enforcement agencies with important information about naloxone, a potentially lifesaving drug known for effectively restoring breathing to a victim in the midst of a heroin or other opioid overdose. Every second counts during an overdose and the Vermont State Police encourages law enforcement agencies in Vermont, and across the nation, to explore the toolkit's answers to questions about naloxone and samples of documents needed to implement an overdose reversal program.

Today's announcement by the Attorney General is a follow-up from the July 31, 2014 law enforcement and naloxone expert advisory panel meeting that Colonel Tom L'Esperance participated in along with other leaders from the law enforcement and public health community, academia, and the federal government. As part of the Attorney General's expert advisory panel, the Vermont State Police was among the group to provide guidance on the development of the Justice Department's Law Enforcement Naloxone Toolkit.

Colonel Tom L'Esperance, director of the Vermont State Police, when speaking about the Justice Department's Law Enforcement Naloxone Toolkit said, "the opiate overdose reversal program is a similar to first aid and CPR training commonplace among police departments, nationwide. In Vermont, where opiate addiction is a prevalent problem in a rural state, the availability of Naloxone has potential lifesaving opportunity for law enforcement agencies that carry and administer the fast-acting prescription opiate reversal medication."

Development by the Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Assistance, the Law Enforcement Naloxone Toolkit includes 80 resources from 30 contributing law enforcement and public health agencies. The toolkit's resources include sample data collection forms, standard operating procedures, training guides, community outreach materials, and memoranda of agreement - all of which can be easily downloaded by other agencies and customized for their use. Additionally, technical assistance is available to further support law enforcement agencies in implementing or enhancing a naloxone program.

Since law enforcement officers are often first on an overdose scene, their actions can mean the difference between life and death. The Justice Department's Law Enforcement Naloxone Toolkit will give officers the knowledge and tools they need in the field to prevent overdose incidents from becoming fatal while awaiting the arrival of emergency medical services.
To access the free Department of Justice's Law Enforcement Naloxone Toolkit, visit www.bja.gov/naloxone<http://www.bja.gov/naloxone>.

Relevant Address(es):
Montpelier, VT 05602 (Set as Local)
Waterbury, VT 05676 (Set as Local)

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