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April 27, 2023

Program-based Strategies for Opioid Diversion in the Fire and Emergency Services

This virtual training event provides an opportunity to learn about emerging best practices from the fire and emergency services in program-based strategies for opioid diversion. This training includes a panel of local fire and emergency medical services leaders from across the nation and provides you with an opportunity to learn how their programs are helping to make a difference in the opioid crisis.

  • Huntington, West Virginia—The Compass Program is an all-encompassing wellness initiative that aims at taking care of the physical and mental well-being of the City of Huntington's first responders. The program features several perks, including the Compass Center, a state-of-the-art integrated wellness center.
  • Anne Arundel County, Maryland—The Safe Station's Program is an innovative new program that shifts barriers to treatment for those members of our community who are eager to recover from drug addiction. Persons seeking treatment for addiction can visit any police or fire station across the county, day or night, to dispose of any paraphernalia and find assistance gaining access to care.
  • Tucson, Arizona—A new Tucson Fire Department pilot program is working to help those who have suffered an opioid overdose but do not feel safe enough to get further treatment in a hospital because of COVID-19. The pilot program is called "Leave Narcan Behind."


  • Fire Chief Jan K. Rader (retired), Director, Mayor's Council of Public Health and Drug Control Policy, Huntington
  • Battalion Chief Russ Davies, Anne Arundel County Fire Department, Health and Safety Division
  • Paramedic Jason Patrick, Tucson Fire Department


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