Friday, August 10, 2012

National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators Supports Naloxone Access

We've had a lot of success in bringing public health and medical agencies onboard with overdose prevention, and it's all the more exciting to see other pieces of the picture fall into place. On the law enforcement front, the U.S. National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators (NADDI) has issued a position statement encouraging police and other law enforcement officers to carry and be trained in the use of naloxone. As they write:

It is the opinion of the NADDI Executive Board that the ready availability of this product will ultimately save many lives, as police officers are oftentimes the first responders where delays of only a few seconds can mean the difference between life and death. 

That's the heart of the matter and why we need more cops to understand and be involved in overdose prevention. Overdose projects involving police have been working for years in New Mexico and have more recently saved lives on Long Island, New York and in Massachusetts.

NADDI is a national nonprofit organization that provides training and "facilitates cooperation between law enforcement, healthcare professionals, state regulatory agencies, pharmaceutical manufacturers in the investigation and prevention of prescription drug abuse and diversion." 

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