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April 2019
Grantee Spotlight: Homedale Middle School
Law Enforcement Grant Opportunity
DEA Prescription Drug Take Back Day
Overdose Detection Mapping Application Program
ODP Legislative Wrap-up
Featured Provider: Hope and Recovery Resource Center
Grantee Spotlight: Homedale Middle School
Using Peer-to-Peer Prevention Strategies
In the field of drug education, peer-led programs are known to be effective in providing education, changing attitudes and helping to shape behaviors.  Homedale Middle School students saw a growing issue in their community and set out to tackle it, peer-to-peer.
Seventh grade students in Brenda Reay's Health Class divided into groups, conducted research and created fact-based, informational power point presentations about vaping. The students then became the teachers, delivering their presentations to fifth and sixth graders, as well as school administration and staff, effectively educating the entire school.  Students followed-up by creating posters for display around the school and on the school buses. 

A slide on harms from one student presentation

Their efforts could be heard in and out of the classroom.  According to Mrs. Reay, "I can tell the impact by the questions they are continuing to ask.  They are genuinely concerned about their friends getting involved with substance use and are no longer afraid to speak up."
This peer-led and adult-guided program proved to be a success creating new connections, sparking new conversations, and developing new skills.
Great work Homedale Middle School!

Law Enforcement Grant Opportunity
Application Deadline May 31, 2019

The Office of Drug Policy is pleased to announce the release of the FY2020 Law Enforcement Partnership for Success (LE-PFS) Grant.

The purpose of this grant is to prevent underage drinking, marijuana use, and methamphetamine use in Idaho through effective law enforcement techniques including interdiction activities, party patrols, shoulder tap operations, compliance checks, and community presentations.  All law enforcement agencies including tribal, local, state, and federal agencies are encouraged to apply.

The due date for applications is May 31, 2019. Applicants will be made aware of funding decisions on June 14, 2019. Funds will be available between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020. The 1-year grant opportunity will be made available annually until FY2023.  Between $54,000 and $74,000 is available in each region.

Funding will be provided on a reimbursement basis through an online quarterly form. All staff time used for these activities must be overtime hours dedicated to prevention work, and all activities must be implemented within the applicant's respective jurisdiction.
Agencies will be asked to provide  brief, online quarterly reports , that reflect selected activities including:
  • # of activities conducted (for all activities)
  • # of operations in which a person or organization failed to follow the law (for compliance checks or shoulder tap operations)
  • # of hours patrolling (for party patrols or interdiction activities)
  • # of underage drinking parties disbanded (for party patrols)
  • # of stops that resulted in drug seizures (for interdiction activities)
  • Types of drugs seized (for interdiction activities)
  • Amounts of drugs seized (for interdiction activities)
To apply for this opportunity, click the link below:

For questions, contact Stephanie Pustejovsky
DEA Prescription Drug Take Back Day
Nationwide April 27, 2019
The next bi-annual DEA National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is April 27, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This event provides an opportunity for Americans to clean out their medicine cabinets and safely and anonymously turn in expired and unused prescription drugs. You can find a list of of authorized sites around Idaho HERE.

Additionally, we encourage any partners promoting or participating in local events to use the DEA toolbox of promotional materials. CLICK HERE to access the toolbox and download materials including social media graphics, posters, and pamphlets.  

Overdose Detection Mapping Application Program

Track overdoses in near real-time

What is it?
The Overdose Detection Mapping Application Program, known as OD Maps, is a program created by the Washington/Baltimore High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) to provide near real-time suspected overdose surveillance data across jurisdictions to support public safety and public health efforts to mobilize an immediate response to a sudden increase, or spike in overdose events. The program is available to government entities (tribal, state, and local), first responders, and hospitals. 

How does it work?
All first responders can use the ODMAP web interface (Level 1) to log an overdose in real time. The interface is mobile-friendly  and requires no additional software. A responder records basic information on whether an overdose incident is fatal or nonfatal, as well as the number of naloxone doses administered. For law enforcement, the tool also includes a form where officers can intake additional information about individuals involved, initiate an investigation, and enter data about the form and type of drugs.

The ODMAP dashboard (Level 2) is designed as a tool for decision-makers to be able to view and analyze the data, nationwide, submitted to ODMAP. Level 2 users must have a need and right to know the information in the performance of their criminal justice and public health functions. 

What are the benefits?
The ODMAP tool gives participating agencies powerful and unprecedented real-time information about overdose occurrences and trends that allow them to shape a more effective opioid response. 

Most jurisdictions do not share data among law enforcement, fire departments, and emergency medical services, and even fewer do so in real time. ODMAP eliminates this data-sharing dearth by centralizing all agencies' data relating to overdoses within one platform.

From a law enforcement perspective, the real-time function of ODMAP allows a department to understand both the current scope of overdoses and trends over time in their jurisdiction, as well as neighboring jurisdictions. Departments can identify hotspots and assign undercover cops or other responses based on map data. The map has a built-in spike alert notification system and data analytics, to help law enforcement identify trends over designated time periods. 

Is anyone using it in Idaho? 
Currently, there are over 10,000 Level 1 and 3,000 Level 2 users across the country. There are no participating agencies in the Gem State, but the Oregon-Idaho HIDTA hopes to expand the program into Idaho. We are encouraging Idaho first responder agencies to learn more about and consider implementing OD maps to provide near real-time overdose information and prepare law enforcement and other public agencies to better respond to overdose spikes and clusters.

To learn more about OD Maps, view a map of participating agencies, or register for an OD Maps demonstration, click the link below.

ODP Legislative Wrap-up
Session ended April 11, 2019

Since the March newsletter, much has happened on the legislative front to close out the 2019 session. The Legislature adjourned at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 11, 2019.

House Bill 180-Syringe and Needle Exchange Act passed the Senate 22-11-2 on 3/18 and was signed by the Governor on 3/22. The bill allows "entities" defined as "(a) The department; (b) A government entity; or (c) A private organization, whether for profit or nonprofit" to operate a syringe and needle exchange program in Idaho if the entity complies with the provisions of the bill and rules promulgated by the Department of Health and Welfare.

House Bill 78 was amended, passed the Senate 35-0-0 on 3/26, and passed the House 69-0-1 on 4/1. It was signed by the Governor on 4/4. The bill creates an optional DUI diversion program that prosecuting attorneys may use in cases involving first time DUI offenders. 

House Bill 99-Mandatory Minimums did not move past the Senate Judiciary and Rules Committee. This bill removed the word mandatory from current law and  provides for judicial discretion in such sentencing in instances where the prescribed minimum sentence would result in a manifest injustice, and where the prescribed minimum sentence is not deemed necessary for the protection of the public. 

House Bill 122 relating to Hemp passed the House 63-7-0 on 3/18 and was referred to the Senate State Affairs Committee. After a hearing with many vocal supporters and opponents the bill was sent to 14th Order for amendment. The amended bill removed much of the previous language and focuses on allowing for Interstate Commerce in compliance with the 2018 Federal Farm Bill. It also requires the director of the State Department of Agriculture to submit a plan allowing for the research and production of hemp in Idaho to the U.S. Department of Agriculture in accordance with the 2018 Farm Bill and in consultation with Governor and director of the Idaho State Police by November 1, 2019. It passed the Senate as amended 32-3-0 on 4/1 and referred to agricultural affairs for concurrence recommendation. The bill was ultimately held without without recommendation on concurrence.

On 4/3 House bill 300 was introduced by the Ways and Means Committee and referred to Transportation and Defense. This bill focused on the Interstate Commerce portion of the amended House Bill 122, but removed any requirement for the State Department of Agriculture to submit a plan allowing for the research and development of hemp in Idaho. This bill was reported out of committee with a do pass recommendation and passed the House 56-11-3 on 4/5. The Senate State Affairs committee sent it to the 14th Order for amendment, which included ensuring hemp was always referred to as "industrial hemp" and adding a legislative intent section that addresses the development of a state plan. The amended version passed the Senate 31-1-3 on 4/9 and was referred to the Transportation and Defense Committee for concurrence recommendation. On 4/11 it was reported out of committee with recommendation of non-concurrence.

The ODP Bill Tracker will be available for reference for the next few months. It can be accessed t hrough the  ODP home page  under Policy or  CLICK HERE  for a direct link to the tracker. 

Featured Provider: Hope and Recovery Resource Center
Recovery and Support Services
Organization Name Hope and Recovery Resource Center
Locations 210 E. Center Street, Suite D
Pocatello, ID 83201

15 Center Street
Soda Springs, ID 83276
Types of Services Provided
  • Recovery Support
  • Sober recreational and social activities
  • Information and referral services
  • Job finding support
  • Telephone recovery check-ins
  • Transportation Services
  • Peer Support
  • Family support group meetings
Service Population General population, 18 and older. 
Hours of Operation  Monday - Friday: 11am-8pm
Saturday: 11am-4pm
Intake procedures Walk-in 
Waiting List for Services? No

In an effort to raise awareness about and collect available resources, ODP will be publishing a Featured Provider series over the next few months, highlighting local service providers who work to prevent and treat substance use disorder (SUD), who help clients maintain recovery, and who help support families of individuals with SUD. 

If your organization provides behavioral health services to help individuals and families prevent, treat, and recover from use disorders, you can fill out the form linked below to have your organization's information listed as a public resource online and via phone referral. 

The Idaho Office of Drug Policy leads Idaho's substance abuse policy and prevention efforts by developing and implementing strategic action plans and collaborative partnerships to reduce drug use and related crime, thereby improving the health and safety of all Idahoans.

We envision an Idaho free from the devastating social, health, and economic consequences of substance abuse.