The Eastern Iowa Heroin Initiative was created in 2015, and is a partnership between the Cedar Rapids Police Department and the Midwest HIDTA, which is funded by The Office of National Drug Control Policy. The Opioid Epidemic was declared a national crisis in 2017, with Eastern Iowa expecting to peak within the next 3-4 years. The objective of the Eastern Iowa Heroin Initiative is to help combat the Opioid Epidemic by providing drug awareness programs, community action organizational efforts, provide first responder training, and detoxification and treatment services.
Eastern Iowa Heroin Initiative has created several partnerships across the state to combat the Opioid Epidemic which include community groups, businesses and city organizations. Additionally, the Eastern Iowa Heroin Initiative provides free training opportunities for first responders, community groups, city organizations, schools and town hall meetings.
To request a training, please contact Officer Lindsay Powers.
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The Cedar Rapids Police Department carries NARCAN, which is a tool to help combat the opioid epidemic. Starting in late September 2018, police officers started carrying NARCAN nasal spray for the emergency treatment of a known or suspected opioid overdose. NARCAN is used for the treatment of an opioid emergency. Signs of an overdose include, but are not limited to: breathing problems, severe sleepiness, not being able to respond, pinpoint pupils, pale or blue skin. Having NARCAN readily available to officers can potentially help save a life of someone who overdosed on an opiate.