Naloxone administration by law enforcement officers in New York State (2015–2020)

Original research
by
Pourtaher, Elham

Release Date

2022

Geography

USA

Language of Resource

English

Full Text Available

Yes

Open Access / OK to Reproduce

Yes

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Objective

This article provides an overview of the law enforcement administration of naloxone in NYS between 2015 and 2020 and highlights key characteristics of over 9000 opioid overdose reversal events.

Findings/Key points

With appropriate training, law enforcement personnel were able to recognize opioid overdoses and prevent fatalities by administering naloxone and carrying out time-sensitive medical interventions. These officers provided life-saving services to aided individuals alongside other responders including EMS, fire departments, and bystanders. Further expansion of law enforcement naloxone administration nationally and internationally could help decrease opioid overdose mortality.

Design/methods

Data included 9133 naloxone administration reports by 5835 unique officers located in 60 counties across NYS.

Keywords

Justice system/law enforcement
Overdose
Harm reduction
Outcomes