In communities across the country, the opioid crisis is taking hundreds of lives every day. In Maryland, Virginia and Washington, DC alone, 3,225 people died last year from opioid-related overdoses. The epidemic shows no signs of slowing, and communities are grappling with the resources to effectively fight back.
That’s why our mission to care for cops and the communities they serve has never been more important than it is now. Code 3 has become increasingly focused on educating local police about the scope of the problem, equipping them with the resources they need to identify and target illegal prescribers, and empowering officers and communities with the life-saving resources they need to help their neighbors before it is too late.
Code 3 is excited to announce a new partnership with RALI CARES and PhRMA to raise awareness about the national opioid epidemic. Together, we have officially launched the Hope Trailer, a new mobile awareness campaign. The trailer, staged as a teenager’s room, helps educate parents and families about the warning signs of opioid use. Already, it has travelled as far as New Hampshire, Minnesota and Ohio, and has been featured in local media including New Hampshire Public Radio, WHIZ News, The Nashua Telegraph and SeaCoastOnline.
Every day, more than 130 people die from an opioid overdose. Last year alone, approximately 70,000 teens and young adults in the U.S. lost their lives due to this crisis, and the numbers are steadily increasing. We believe education is the first step to change, which is why we’re committed to working alongside organizations like RALI CARES and PhRMA to increase awareness and encourage intervention. Thank you for your support as we continue to fight opioid abuse in the communities we serve.
We educate first responders on how to address the opioid crisis in their local communities. We host Drug Diversion Trainings that teach uniformed officers how to identify and target illegal opioid prescribers, implement pharmaceutical and health facility diversion strategies, and safely handle fentanyl and carfentanil. To-date, the training has been attended by more than 50 officers from the U.S. Park Police; U.S. State’s Attorneys Office; Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); Metropolitan Police Department of Washington, DC; Charles County, MD; Montgomery County, MD; Queen Anne’s County, MD; and Fairfax County, VA.
We equip police officers with the resources they need to effectively respond to the crisis. Naloxone is a life-saving treatment that blocks the effects of opioids and reverses an overdose. Yet, many police departments are struggling to keep enough naloxone on hand to meet the demand and cover the cost. To date, we have distributed 500 naloxone kits, worth about $18,000 to police departments across the region to ensure they are well-resourced to respond to the opioid epidemic in the communities they serve.
We empower communities to identify signs of opioid abuse and intervene when necessary. We have developed a Drug Identification, Awareness & Intervention Training to assist parents, teachers, doctors, officers and concerned citizens about how to identify risk behaviors related to opioid use, intervene and prevent continued use.