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NCJ Number: 252922 Find in a Library
Title: Two Police Chiefs Perspectives on the Opioid Crisis
Author(s): Richard Biehl; Brandon del Pozo
Corporate Author: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Date Published: May 2019
Page Count: 1
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
810 Seventh Street NW
Washington, DC 20531
United States of America
Document: Agency Summary|Video (YouTube)
Agency Summary: 
Type: Instructional Material (Programmed); Program/Project Description; Technical Assistance
Format: Video (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: In this 4-minute video and accompanying transcript, Police Chief Richard Biehl from Dayton (Ohio) and Police Chief Brandon del Pozo from Burlington (Vermont) discuss the challenges of achieving the institutional changes needed to address the opioid crisis, as well as the changes and outcomes made in their own agencies.
Abstract: Chief Biehl notes the increase in drug-related deaths in his jurisdiction due to the opioid epidemic. This led to his agency requiring that first-responder police officers be equipped with the life-saving Naloxone drug to revive persons believed to be suffering from an opioid overdose. He also mentions his jurisdiction’s insufficiencies in medication- assisted treatment for opioid users, bed space, detox space, and treatment for those motivated to seek it. The push for change in addressing the opioid epidemic in Dayton focused on changing a fragmented, decentralized response system into a coordinated multidisciplinary system for identifying and treating opioid abusers. Chief del Pozo notes the circumstance in his small city of multiple institutions (police and other criminal justice agencies, emergency medical technicians, hospitals, and drug treatment services) being unprepared for a coordinated response to the opioid epidemic. He describes evidence-based efforts to develop and manage an interagency response to the opioid crisis in Burlington.
Main Term(s): Drug law enforcement
Index Term(s): Change management; Crisis management; Crisis Response; Drug overdose; Drug treatment; Interagency cooperation; Multidisciplinary Teams; National Institute of Justice (NIJ); NIJ Resources; Ohio; Opioids; Police management; Vermont
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