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Evaluation of the Feasibility and Potential Impacts for Seattle Police Department Officers to Carry and Administer Naloxone for Opioid Overdose Reversal

Principal Investigator:
Caleb Banta-Green, PhD, MPH, MSW
Senior Research Scientist
Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute

Date: May 1, 2016 to April 30, 2017
Sponsor: Seattle Police Department
Categories: Overdose Prevention | Implementation Research

Description: This goals of this project are to 1) evaluate the feasibility and potential impacts of a Seattle Police Department Pilot Program, in cooperation with the Seattle Fire Department (SFD), to carry and administer naloxone for opioid overdose reversal; and 2) evaluate whether training police officers to recognize and respond to opioid overdoses impacts the health of those who have an opioid overdose, and/or impacts the officer’s perceptions of their role as a police officer or their perceptions of opioid addiction and opioid users.