On Thursday, August 11th, the Kingman Police Department (KPD) will provide training to about 30 officers on the administration of Naloxone (aka Narcan) for instances where they encounter a person who has overdosed on an opioid. KPD will be the first law enforcement agency in the state to provide the training and equip officers with this ability.
Opioids include legally prescribed pain medications as well as illegal drugs such as heroin. Lethal drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in America. Additionally, an overdose resulting from the illegal use of prescribed opioid medications is a huge concern locally.
Mohave County leads the state in prescribed opioids per capita, and is the third highest county in the state in heroin overdose. Young adults and teens in AZ are using heroin more than ever.
Often, a police officer is the first to arrive on the scene of an emergency 911 call involving an overdose of heroin or opioid drugs. This training will provide officers with the ability to administer the Naloxone immediately thereby increasing the patient’s chances of survival.
The Kingman Police Department created and organized the training based on course curriculum for Law Enforcement/EMT Administration of Naloxone in the Pre-Hospital Setting provided by the AZ Department of Health Services. The program will be overseen by the medical director of Kingman Regional Medical Center who provides oversight of the Emergency Medical Services provided by the Kingman Fire Department.
The direct instruction of the August 11th class will be provided by Kingman Fire Department (KFD) Battalion Chief Dan Winder, who is responsible for KFD Emergency Medical Services and is a state level instructor approved by the AZ Department of Health Services and Kingman Regional Medical Center; and Heather Miller, RN, BSN, CEN, the Pre-Hospital Coordinator / Trauma Program Manager at Kingman Regional Medical Center and EMS Coordinator for KFD.
The KPD training has gotten the attention at the state level, to include AZ Department of Health Services (AZ DHS) and AZ Peace Officers Standards and Training (AZ POST), in addition to other law enforcement agencies, several of whom will be on hand to monitor and evaluate.