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Police Dept. recognized for public health excellence in law enforcement

Post Date:04/05/2018 11:04 am

Buckeye’s Police Department was formally recognized by the Arizona Department of Health Services as a law enforcement agency with an established opioid overdose recognition and naloxone administration program. Emergency room sign

Working together with Buckeye’s Fire and Medical Rescue Department, all officers are now trained to recognize a person experiencing an opioid overdose, administer naloxone (an opioid inhibitor) as needed and submit the required paperwork and data to ADHS in a timely manner.

Traditionally, only EMS personnel were allowed to administer naloxone in the field. Since law enforcement typically arrives on the scene of an emergency first, this certification gives them the unique opportunity to save lives for these time-sensitive emergencies.

Other benefits include:

  • Helps reach Arizona Governor Ducey’s goal of having 85 percent of the state’s population served by law enforcement PHELE certified
  • Buckeye Police Department’s commitment to the health, safety and wellness of our residents
  • All officers are trained on the policies and guidelines for carrying, handling and administering naloxone in opioid related public health situation

opioids infographicIn 2016, more than two Arizonans died each day due to opioid related causes, tripling the number of deaths due to heroin since 2012. Nationally, 116 people died every day from opioid-related drug overdoses and 11.5 million people misused prescription opioids, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Buckeye is proud to be part of this collaborative effort with public health officials, emergency medical services personnel and our legislative partners. 

Download a comprehensive resource for families with a teen or young adult struggling with opioid use.