The Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) is continuing its work on the opioid epidemic and beginning a new project that will explore how this issue is impacting different agencies in all regions of the nation. The goal of this new initiative is to develop a national report for law enforcement that provides an updated look at the current state of the opioid epidemic and its impacts, including regional nuances, and new community policing approaches and programs that are being implemented to address these issues.

We are at the very beginning of this project. As a first step, PERF is seeking input on the current nature and scope of the issue from the field. We want to speak with law enforcement officials who are facing challenges with opioids and related issues in their jurisdictions, as well as those who have promising practices and partnerships in place.

To gain an accurate picture of this issue across the nation, PERF is looking not only for urban police and sheriff agencies, but also agencies responsible for rural areas, detention facilities, and tribal law enforcement.

If you are interested in providing insight on current issues, and programs or approaches your agency has implemented, please complete this brief contact form. PERF will review the responses to identify agencies that fit the needs of the project and will be in contact to discuss these issues further.

Please contact Senior Associate Dan Alioto (dalioto@policeforum.org or 202-454-8337) or Senior Research Assistant Allison Heider (aheider@policeforum.org or 202-454-8309) with any questions or concerns.

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* 1. Please provide your contact information

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* 2. Approximately how many full-time sworn employees does your agency have?

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* 3. Do you oversee a detention facility?

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* 4. By what percent did opioid overdose deaths change in your jurisdiction 2016-2017 (if data for 2017 is not yet available, please provide percent change for 2015-2016)?

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* 5. Please describe the top three (3) challenges your agency faces in responding to the opioid crisis.

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* 6. Does your agency have any partnerships with other community organizations to address this epidemic?

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* 7. What programs or initiatives has your agency implemented to address the opioid crisis? (Please note the year in which you implemented the programs and if the programs include community or multi-agency participation/problem-solving).

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* 8. Do you provide training to officers on opioids (e.g., naloxone administration, fentanyl safety, science of addiction, etc.)?

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* 9. Do you think your jurisdiction’s current response to the opioid epidemic is adequate?

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