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Strategy 3

Collaborating to create safer communities.

Prevention

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Recovery

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Wellness & Recovery

The role of law enforcement in reversing the tide of this epidemic cannot be overlooked.  Law enforcement personnel play a critical role in limiting illegal diversion of prescription drugs. Better coordination with community partners strengthen community-led efforts. Law enforcement is often also the first responders in emergency situations.  Community groups such as coalitions can partner with law enforcement to ensure access to the resources and training available in this toolkit.  As communities, healthcare providers and law enforcement continue to work together on this initiative, Arizona will be safer for everyone.

Strategy 3 provides relevant information for law enforcement on topics such as naloxone, registering law enforcement for the Controlled Substance Prescription Monitoring Program (CSPMP), and availability of trainings for law enforcement through the Governor's Office of Highway Safety and the Arizona High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area. There are many ways to partner with local law enforcement and first responders, here are some tips to keep in mind:

  1. Identify and champion a shared community vision. Coalitions and law enforcement share a common vision. Both entities are committed to seeing lower rates of substance abuse, crimes, and violence. By beginning partnerships with a joint vision for the community, the partnership can better identify goals and outcomes of the partnership. A shared vision brings focus and is the foundation for any partnership. When first forming an ongoing relationship with law enforcement, it is important to come to the table prepared with accurate and timely information and a vision for a partnership that aligns with the vision of the Police Department. 
  2. Develop and use an action plan. Law enforcement like many disciplines has constant demands for their time and expertise. It is important to keep meeting requests relevant and have outcomes that are achievable, linked to a joint action plan, and that benefit the community. As the partnership develops, it is imperative that both entities are committed to and follow through with commitments in a timely and effective manner.
  3. Open communication. Communication is fundamental to keep partners engaged, informed and organized.
Strategy 3 Materials

To begin implementing this strategy, simply select files that you are interested in implementing and click the Download button. If you or your community group would like additional guidance in using this or any of the strategies, complete the request a training form below.

Commonly Asked Questions

How can my agency partner with other community stakeholders to combat the problem of prescription drug misuse and abuse?

You can work with local community coalitions and businesses to plan prescription take-back events. Work with local substance abuse treatment providers to establish a warm hand-off procedure. Collaborate with health departments to create a Naloxone distribution program, and provide officers with training on prevention of illicit acquisition of prescription drugs

 What are the benefits of working collaboratively with my community?

There are many benefits of developing collaborative partnerships in your community. These collaborative partnerships can improve public perception of police work leading to improved cooperation and outcomes. Also, there is a critical distinction between citizens who need help, and “bad actors” that need to be prosecuted. Working collaboratively with community partners can help to ensure the right people are getting the right interventions.

What is Naloxone?

Naloxone is a safe medication that works to block the effects of opioid on the brain, helping to temporarily reverse an opioid overdose and can save a person’s life if they are experiencing an opioid overdose.

Isn’t Naloxone just protecting people from the natural consequences of their actions?

The latest research in addiction medicine clearly shows Substance Use Disorder to be a disease in need of treatment. Administration of Naloxone provides the opportunity to link individuals to treatment and gives them an opportunity to eventually recover and live a productive life. Also, people often overdose on opioids that have been legitimately prescribed by a healthcare provider. Sometimes as a result of forgetfulness, inappropriate combinations, or a perceived need to relieve intense pain, leading a person to take too much or to take an inappropriate combination. We are in the midst of an epidemic, and countless lives have been saved by the administration of Naloxone by first responders.

What is meant by "Ancillary" law enforcement?  Who is permitted to administer Naloxone under the AZ Opioid Act?

Probation officers, detention officers, police aides, crime scene specialists, crime scene laboratory employees and other law enforcement/department of corrections employees are permitted to administer Naloxone under the Arizona Opioid Act.  

How is the CSPMP instrumental for law enforcement and how can law enforcement personnel obtain access to the CSPMP??

“The Prescription Drug Monitoring Program is a great tool for law enforcement and the criminal justice system because it allows quick reference to information that has previously required lengthy research by investigators by way of subpoena. The CSPMP has saved many hours of investigation by providing information accurately and allowing law enforcement immediate access to information to further their investigations.”

Daniel Raiss, Commander, Partners Against Narcotics Trafficking (PANT)

Request access by going to the CSPMP website at https://pharmacypmp.az.gov and following the link entitled ‘Law Enforcement request form’ located on the sidebar under ‘Data Requests’ The direct link is:  https://dk9nod632nwcd.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/db%20access%20%28law%29.pdf

For complete instructions with a list of required attachments and mailing address, download the forms in strategy 3 under “CSPMP for law enforcement.”

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