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January 30, 2020

First Responder/Law Enforcement Strategies: Supporting Overdose Survivors and Their Families

Law enforcement officers and other first responders are on the front lines of the opioid epidemic, frequently encountering individuals with substance use disorder and responding to drug overdose calls. In addition to providing an overview of the five models of overdose prevention, response, diversion, and referral most commonly associated with opioid use disorder, this webinar also highlights response approaches in two communities: a Quick Response Team (QRT) program designed to provide overdose follow-up and referrals to treatment and a Handle with Care program that links children exposed to parental substance use or overdose to community supports.


  • Jack Charlier, M.P.A., Executive Director, TASC's Center for Health and Justice
  • Connie Priddy, M.A., R.N., MCCN, Director of Quality Compliance/Huntington QRT Coordinator, Cabell County EMS
  • Edward Jacoubs, M.S.W., Director of Grants and Sponsored Projects, Plymouth County District Attorney's Office
  • Melinda Kneeland, Executive Director of Community Connections of Brockton and The Family Center, United Way of Greater Plymouth County

To view a PDF version of the slide deck from this webinar, click here.

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