Web-Based Naloxone Training for Law Enforcement Officers: A Pilot Feasibility Study

Online Publication Date: 
June 2, 2022
Publication Status: 
Awaiting Publication
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ABSTRACT
Background: Training and equipping law enforcement officers (LEOs) with naloxone to reverse overdoses is one national preventive strategy to reduce overdose deaths. Web-based interventions can offer convenience, flexibility of use, and can be readily-disseminated.
Objectives: This paper describes our community-academic partnership in developing and evaluating a web-based naloxone training for LEOs.
Methods: Using a community-engaged approach, we created a web-based training (www.overdoseaction.org) and conducted a pilot feasibility test using surveys and individual interviews with ten LEOs.
Results: The median time to complete the web-based naloxone training, including the pre- and post-tests, was 45 minutes (range 37-80 minutes). A significant difference in the pre-test and post-test scores of overdose knowledge was observed. The LEOs found the training helpful in responding to overdoses and sustained their attention.
Conclusions: This study demonstrates the feasibility of a web-based naloxone training for LEOs that can be easily disseminated and alternative to in person trainings.