Drug Director announces office has received federal grants to reduce opioid overdose deaths

Counties may receive training and supplies of Naloxone thanks to federal grants.

Arkansas Drug Director Kirk R. Lane has announced that his office has received two federal grants to aid local law enforcement agencies in reducing the number of deaths due to opioid overdoses. Through these grants, agencies may receive training and supplies of Naloxone (Narcan).

Naloxone is an opiate antagonist that will reverse an opioid overdose and allows a person to breathe during an overdose situation. It gives a first responder the time needed to seek medical attention for the victim in these lifesaving situations.

The first grant is a Prescription Drug Overdose (PDO) grant that will enable the development of a standardized training program for Naloxone by the Criminal Justice Institute, as well as the distribution of Naloxone to all first responders in designated counties that accept the guidelines that are required for its implementation.

Designated Counties that will receive Naloxone were selected based on a number of factors that tabulated mortality rates, arrests, emergency room submissions for the opioid type offenses and incidents. Those counties with the highest rates were selected for this grant. These counties are: Crawford, Franklin, Sebastian, Scott, and Sharp.

Naloxone training will begin in October to all eligible first responders in those designated counties.

In addition, the Arkansas Drug Director’s office has received funding to support the PDO efforts through the States Response to Opioids (STR) Grant. The STR funding allowed the Drug Director’s Office to implement the same program as PDO in the next highest level counties: Marion, Baxter, and Garland counties. First responders in these counties will be targeted for training and will receive Naloxone in 2018.

The process is simple to be eligible:

  • Adopt a departmental policy (provided template available from CJI)
  • Have or obtain a Medical Review Officer to oversee.
  • Personnel must be CPR qualified.
  • Complete training course provided.
  • Summit usage reports as directed in training.

If your agency is not in one of the designated counties, but you are interested in having a Naloxone Program, please contact the Arkansas Drug Director’s office. The state has negotiated a reduced rate for Naloxone and will make it available to you.

You may use seized asset funding and donations that you have obtained to finance your programs. If funding is your obstacle, please contact the State Drug Director’s office, as they may have funding opportunities in the near future to assist you in establishing your Naloxone Programs. In these cases, please send the following information to the attention of State Drug Director Kirk R. Lane.

  • Name of Agency and point of contact
  • Number of Officers
  • Number of kits needed (can be assigned by officer or vehicle)
  • Willingness to adopt policy, training and other guidelines of the above program

Please know that the Arkansas Drug Director’s office is tabulating a waiting list on a first come, first served basis.

If you already have an established Naloxone Program and have implemented Naloxone in a lifesaving situation, please submit a copy of the incident report to Director Lane’s attention. He is compiling a list of saves for his records to record needed information as the usage type, gender, age and other valuable information in regards to these occurrences. In addition, lifesaving awards have been obtained for those officers that have implemented and have successfully saved someone's life by utilizing Naloxone. These awards will be presented by the working group of multiple stakeholders that have developed this program in Arkansas.

Arkansas Act 1222 allows a first responder to utilize Naloxone during an overdose incident and be free of liability. A number of Arkansas Law Enforcement agencies have found funding and implemented policies, procedures, and training to maintain a Naloxone program within their agencies. In the last year, 14 saves utilizing Naloxone have been documented by Arkansas Law Enforcement. The amount of fentanyl being found in our state is alarming and officer safety is paramount. Naloxone, sometimes in multiple doses will save an officer/person from a fentanyl overdose. Important note: If you misdiagnose and use Naloxone it will not harm the person. Naloxone reverses the overdose where opiates are involved and allows a person to breathe.

If you have questions, please contact Mr. Lane's office. See his contact information below.

Kirk R. Lane
Arkansas Drug Director
#1 State Police Plaza Drive
Little Rock, AR 72209
O: (501) 618-8690
C: (501) 231-8919
F: (501) 618-8841

Rainwater, Hold & Sexton Injury Lawyers 800-434-4800

Guardian Pro RFID and AAC Risk Management Fund mitigate risks for Arkansas jails