Police departments across the country are getting ready to offer online training to help officers dealing with opioid overdoses, a department spokesman said Tuesday.
“I’m not saying this is a panacea,” said Chief Mark Krikorian.
“But it’s something we’re looking at.”
The new training will be offered through the online Training Center, which Krikorians said will be available to all police departments in the country.
Krikorian said the department’s new opioid response program is part of an effort to tackle a growing epidemic.
“We’re going to be working closely with the communities to get to know them, and we’re also going to work closely with them to make sure they understand our priorities and our goals, Krikorum said.”
It will be part of a comprehensive approach to address this epidemic.
“The training will not be similar to other police departments, such as in Los Angeles, which launched a similar program last year.
The new online program, which has yet to be named, is the brainchild of Krikoreian and a team of police experts.
The program is designed to offer training to officers on how to recognize signs of addiction and how to help those in recovery.
It will include training on how a police officer’s first reaction to someone with a prescription drug overdose might be to approach the situation in a reactive manner, like putting the suspect in a holding cell and waiting for them to pass out.”
A lot of the training is going to focus on responding to a situation in an emergency, and how they’re going through the process of getting through an addiction,” Krikorian said.
There will also be an online course, with a focus on police interaction with people with substance use disorders.
There’s a lot of work to be done to get these things implemented, he said.
The training is part a nationwide initiative to combat the opioid epidemic.
In the past two years, the number of people dying of overdoses has more than doubled.