ADHS EMS Bureau Scores Opioid Intervention Grant

ADHS’ Bureau ofEmergency Medical Services and Trauma System has been awarded $3.1 million by the Substance Abuseand Mental Health Services Administration for development of a comprehensive first responder opioid/naloxone program in partnership with the University of Arizona and the Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Trainingboard. Naloxone is a medication that can counteract an opioid overdose.

This joint initiative will implement a statewide naloxone delivery system to provideaccess to naloxone for first responders, an acute opioid overdose recognitionand naloxone administration training program for first responders, and addressa targeted first responder opioid screening, brief intervention, and referralto treatment curriculum to instruct first responders how to recognize actual orpotential opioid-related substance abuse and to provide appropriateinterventions and referrals to care.