Overdose Response Strategy
Monthly News and Updates
April 2021
ORS Coordinators
Jordan Crummett, MS, CHES
Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator
Jordan Crummett will be joining the ORS team to serve as the new Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator. In her most previous role with the Knox County Health Department, she served as a public health educator and coordinator for the Overdose Fatality Review (OFR) team, with an emphasis on collaboration and data sharing between public health and public safety experts to prevent overdose deaths. She has multiple years of experience coordinating and facilitating trainings, creating and disseminating educational materials, managing data and complex reporting needs, and working in collaborative public health settings. Jordan graduated from the University of Florida with a Master of Science in Health Education and Behavior with a focus on community health, a Bachelor of Science in Health Education with a minor in Health Disparities in Society, and is also a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) credentialed by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing Inc.
Karen Wallace, M.Ed.
Program Performance Coordinator
Karen has been serving as the Missouri Public Health Analyst with the Midwest HIDTA since February 2020. Karen will be joining the ORS team as the Program Performance Coordinator. She will support the work of PHAs, as part of the ORS expansion to additional states. Karen has over 20 years of very rich and diverse experience in the behavioral health and substance use field. Throughout her career she has developed, implemented and managed various programs and projects. Prior to her role as the PHA, she served as Project Director for the Missouri Overdose Rescue and Education (MORE) Project. Karen has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a master’s degree in Guidance and Counseling. Her ability to see the big picture as well as how all the parts fit together as well as her ability to collaborate effectively across various disciplines and sectors have contributed to her successes throughout her career. Karen is very excited about her new role and looks forward to supporting the growth and expansion of the ORS. Karen will work remotely from Missouri.
PHAs and DIOs
Fred Delgado - Texas DIO
Mr. Fred Delgado was formally employed with Methodist Healthcare Ministries (MHM), San Antonio, Texas as the Security Supervisor and responsible for the security/safety of four medical clinics and one cooperate office. The MHM provides assistance to public health officials, treatment providers and behavioral health specialists. Retired Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC), of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in Eagle Pass, Texas. Mr. Delgado also served in several management positions. In Washington, D.C., Mr. Delgado served as the Regional Operations Manager (ROM) for the Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR). Prior assignments include, Group Supervisor with HSI Del Rio, Texas, Section Chief (Supervisory Criminal Investigator) with OPR in Houston, Texas. Mr. Delgado also served as an U.S. Customs Service (USCS) Special Agent in Monterrey, Mexico assigned to DEA Monterrey. Also served as a USCS Senior Special Agent in Eagle Pass, Texas and a USCS Special Agent in Falcon Dam, Texas. Mr. Delgado began his career as a Deputy Sheriff with the Val Verde County Sheriff’s Department and after one year on patrol, Mr. Delgado was promoted to a Criminal Investigator working narcotics with DPS Narcotics, U.S. Customs and DEA. Later becoming a DEA Task Force Office under HIDTA. 
Emily Godfrey - Michigan PHA
Emily Godfrey (she/her) is the new Public Health Analyst in Michigan with the Michigan HIDTA. She has spent the last 3 years working for a substance abuse task force and a local community mental health in Southwest Michigan. In this position, Emily facilitated evidence-based prevention programming, created various public awareness and social media prevention campaigns, and worked within the community and task force to increase knowledge about current drug trends. In addition, she was the coordinator for the local suicide prevention workgroup and helped facilitate evidence-based suicide prevention programming for youth and adults. Emily received her undergraduate degree from Grand Valley State University and her Master's in Public Health from Grand Valley State University. When not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband, sassy pup, and cat. She loves exploring new places and is looking forward to safe travel in the hopefully not too distant future.
Todd Hixson - Kansas DIO
Midwest HIDTA is pleased to announce Todd Hixson as the designated Drug Intelligence Officer for the state of Kansas. Todd is a former Drug Enforcement Administration Supervisory Special Agent, having spent 23 years in various assignments including offices in Mobile, Alabama, Baghdad, Iraq, Ottawa, Canada and supervisory responsibilities in Kansas City/Overland Park and Washington, D.C. Todd was also a former police officer in Carrollton, Texas. Additionally, Todd is a highly regarded Law Enforcement Instructor and a security consultant with Major League Soccer. Todd brings with him a wealth of information spanning the international trafficking of illicit drugs and the diversion of licit pharmaceutical controlled substances. Todd had previously worked with the public health sector while a supervisory special agent in Kansas City/Overland Park and fully understands the need to develop cooperative relationships between public safety and public health.
James H. MacGillis - Wisconsin DIO
James H. MacGillis is the Drug Intelligence Officer for North Central HIDTA-Wisconsin. He retired as a Captain of Police and the Director of Training at the Milwaukee Police Academy where he managed and supervised police recruit training, in-service training, and specialized training for the Milwaukee Police Department after 25+ years of service. He has previously worked in patrol, investigations, training, HIDTA, and communications. James has managed many projects related to use of force, narcotics safety and evidence processing, and he consults at a state and national level regarding tactics and use of force best practices (Washington D.C, Shanghai, China, and EMS World Conferences). James is an emeritus Law Enforcement Advancing Data and Science (LEADS) research scholar with the National Institute of Justice and has consulted on several research projects with RAND Corp, George Mason University, the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), National Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors Association (NLFEIA), International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards and Training (IADLEST), and IACP (International Association of Chiefs of Police). He holds a master’s degree in Administrative Leadership from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee focusing on adult education programs. He is also a WI-DOJ Command College graduate and Certified Public Manager through UW-Madison. He has also served in the US Army as a combat medical specialist and was the Military Liaison Officer for the Milwaukee Police Department for separating and returning service members.
Eddie McCormack -
North Carolina DIO
Eddie McCormack started his law enforcement journey by serving in the Military Police Corp with the United States Army. He recently retired after 28.5 years of law enforcement service with the Wake County Sheriff’s Office (Raleigh, NC), rising to the rank of Major. Most of his career was spent in Special Operations and primarily Narcotics based. He has been described as dedicated, innovative, committed, a proven leader who strives to strengthen inter-agency and community relations to promote positive interactions through analytical and forward-thinking strategies to accomplish goals. Eddie has his associate degree in criminal justice and is finishing his bachelor’s degree at Liberty University with a major in Homeland Security. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy Session #275, West Point Leadership Program, FBI Command College, North Carolina Public Safety Leadership Academy, Trilogy recipient of the FBI-Law Enforcement Executive Development Association and the North Carolina State University Administrative Officers Management Program. Eddie is a member of the Crisis Intervention Team, founder of the Wake County Drug Overdose Coalition, previously served on the board for the Atlanta Carolinas HIDTA and attended several RX Summit conferences. He was active in Operation Medicine Drop, influential in getting permanently mounted drop boxes across the County, getting Narcan deployed to all Deputies and active with many Drug overdose coalitions across North Carolina. Eddie is married to Linda for 25 years and they have two daughters Hailey (age 21) a senior at East Carolina University and Kiara (age 15) a freshman in high school. He is excited for the opportunity to continue to serve the citizens, community and country.
Eliza Powell - Washington PHA
Eliza Powell is excited to be the new Public Health Analyst in Washington at Northwest HIDTA. Mental health has been a focus of Eliza’s career and education, including hands-on work with substance use recovery among individual community members as well as data analysis projects specific to vulnerable communities. Originally from Colorado, Eliza has also performed public health work in Utah, the United Kingdom, and Brazil. Eliza received an undergraduate degree in public health with an emphasis in epidemiology from Brigham Young University and a master’s degree in applied health research from the University of York. From the start, Eliza was drawn to public health because of its multifaceted nature and because of the opportunity it presents to help marginalized people, making the PHA position an exciting and fitting role for her. Outside of work, Eliza can often be found engaging in outdoor recreation, writing novels and short stories, and watching an inordinate amount of NBA basketball.
Sage Teasley - Louisiana PHA
Sage joined the Gulf Coast HIDTA in April as Louisiana's Public Health Analyst. After moving from Virginia to New Orleans six years ago, she attended Tulane University and obtained BS degrees in both Public Health and Neuroscience, as well as a MPH in International Health with a concentration in Disaster Management. She has worked as an Emergency Medical Technician for New Orleans EMS for the past four years, serving as both a Field Training Officer and Deputy Outreach Coordinator. Her previous experiences include interning with the New Orleans Health Department, coordinating operations for New Orleans EMS during COVID-19 and other disaster activations, and volunteering with Team Rubicon. Sage is passionate about health equity and community resilience and is looking forward to finding collaborative solutions for issues related to substance abuse.
Utah's Law Enforcement Pre-Booking Diversion Program
APRIL 30TH, 1:00PM - 2:30PM EST
We are excited to invite you to learn more about the highly successful pre-booking diversion program from Davis County, Utah, that has become a model for other communities across Utah and the United States.

For the past several months, our ORS teams and partners from across the country have been asking to learn more about Utah's top-rated pre-booking diversion program that started in Davis County but demonstrated incredible preliminary evaluation results leading to state-supported expansion. Please join us for a presentation led by program champions, Chief Tom Ross, newly appointed Executive Director of the Utah Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice and former Chief of Police for Bountiful City, and Nichole Cunha, Early Intervention & Crisis Program Administrator for the Utah Department of Human Services - Substance Abuse & Mental Health.
Tucson Police Department's Substance Use Resource Team
MAY 14TH, 1:00PM - 2:30PM EST
Please join us for a presentation by Sergeant Ericka Stropka from the Tucson Police Department on the work their Substance Use Resource Team (SURT) has done engaging individuals post-overdose and linking people with substance use disorders (SUDs) to services. Additionally, Tucson is simultaneously implementing their criminal justice deflection program – we hope you'll come and learn more about the multiple strategies Tucson, Arizona is implementing to address and reduce overdose deaths and promote recovery.
Fentanyl Test Strips - An Effective Tool for Preventing Overdose and Facilitating Linkages to Care
MAY 26TH, 1:00PM - 2:30PM EST
In April 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announced that federal funding may now be used to purchase rapid fentanyl test strips (FTS) in an effort to help curb the dramatic spike in drug overdose deaths largely driven by the use of strong synthetic opioids, including illicitly manufactured fentanyl.
FTS can be used to determine if drugs have been mixed or cut with fentanyl, providing people who use drugs and communities with important information about fentanyl in the illicit drug supply so they can take steps to reduce their risk of overdose. Please join us for a presentation led by our partners Dr. Traci Green and Dr. Jenn Carroll as they talk about the evidence associated with FTS and the research they've been doing to evaluate the impact of FTS on overdose, including a project in partnership with the New England HIDTA.
COVID-19 Pandemic Impact on Harm Reduction Services: An Environmental Scan
To better understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on harm reduction organizations and people who use drugs, the National Council for Behavioral Health, with support from the CDC, conducted an environmental scan consisting of a literature review and 21 key informant interviews with staff from harm reduction organizations in the U.S.
Information collected through the literature and from key informants demonstrate that the pandemic has resulted in:
  • Increased health and social harms to people who use drugs.
  • Significant disruptions to harm reduction services and operations.
  • Innovative adaptations by harm reduction organizations to continue to serve the needs of participants.
Culture-based Prevention Resources
DEA, in collaboration with Discovery Education and the National Indian Education Association (NIEA), has launched the “Good Medicine Bundles,” a set of hands-on, science-based, standards-aligned resources for elementary and middle school students to address the nation’s opioid crisis and encourage resiliency through a Native approach to balance and wellness. These resources aim to prevent substance misuse and abuse by reaching vulnerable Native populations at an early age, educating them about the consequences of decisions that lead to substance misuse, and offering alternatives that are in line with their cultural practices.
Overdose Epidemic Interactive Data Visualizations
The National Institute for Health Care Management has created interactive graphics that allow users to explore how the crisis of overdose deaths involving opioid use has not only grown in magnitude since 2000, but has also changed in character.
Pill Press Laws: A Forgotten Aspect of Counterfeit Drug-Making
This Fact Sheet from the Legislative Analysis and Public Policy Association (LAPPA) provides information about pill presses, devices that can be easily purchased on the Internet, that are responsible for flooding the United States market with untold doses of counterfeit medication.
The Biden-Harris Administration's Statement of Drug Policy Priorities for Year One
The administration will concentrate on seven specific areas in its first-year:
  • Expanding access to evidence-based treatment
  • Advancing racial equity in the administration’s approach to drug policy
  • Enhancing evidence-based harm reduction efforts
  • Supporting evidence-based prevention efforts to reduce youth substance use
  • Reducing the supply of illicit substances
  • Advancing recovery-ready workplaces and expanding the addiction treatment workforce
  • Expanding access to recovery support services
Most States Have Good Samaritan Laws and Research Indicates They May Have Positive Effects
The U.S. Government Accountability Office reviewed 17 studies that provide potential insights into the effectiveness of Good Samaritan laws in reducing overdose deaths or the factors that may contribute to a law's effectiveness. GAO found that, despite some limitations, the findings collectively suggest a pattern of lower rates of opioid-related overdose deaths among states that have enacted Good Samaritan laws, both compared to death rates prior to a law's enactment and death rates in states without such laws.
From Siloes to Collaboration: Linking Health Care, Public Safety, and Behavioral Health
APRIL 29TH, 1:30-3:00PM ET
Focusing on San Diego’s Serial Inebriate Program (SIP), part 1 of this series explores ways to build and support collaborations between key stakeholders to improve outcomes for "familiar faces" within these systems who experience mental and substance use disorders.

MAY 18TH, 2:30-4:00PM ET
Part 2 of this series focuses on planning considerations and practical steps for adapting cross-disciplinary partnership models to support individuals with mental and substance use disorders within diverse regional settings.

ORS pilot project featured in the news!
The Courage Center in Lexington, SC have rolled out a new pilot program called CORE. It stands for Coordinated Opioid Response and Engagement and aims at bringing those who have just suffered from an overdose into recovery. Anyone being transported to Lexington Medical Center who is administered Naloxone will be given a CORE pouch with a resource card, an instructional card with what to expect next, and a cell phone with 60 pre-paid minutes. The goal is for the person to either call The Courage Center to get in touch with their recovery coaches or the Courage Center will call them on that phone within 24 hours.
Federal Grantees May Now Use Funds to Purchase Fentanyl Test Strips
“State and local programs now have another tool to add to their on-the-ground efforts toward reducing and preventing overdoses, in particular fentanyl-related overdose deaths.” - CDC Director Rochelle P. Walensky
Overdose deaths may have topped 90,000 in 2020
“Isolation is needed to stop COVID-19, but it makes the opioid crisis worse” - Gary Mendell, founder of Shatterproof
A Focus Group Analysis with a Drug Court Team: Opioid Use Disorders and the Role of MAT in Programming
Meredith Canada, Indiana PHA, is a co-author of this article that explores drug court team member's opinions and experiences related to how the program treats opioid use disorders and the role of medication for opioid use disorder in programming.
Use of non-prescribed buprenorphine in the criminal justice system: Perspectives of individuals recently released from incarceration
The authors of this study interviewed 300 adults with opioid use disorder and recent incarceration to examine how non-prescribed buprenorphine is used in correctional and community contexts.
Overdose Response Training and Naloxone Distribution Among Rural First Responders
Missouri implemented a train-the-trainer model to increase overdose education and naloxone distribution to non-EMS first responders in rural communities.
Views of barriers and facilitators to continuing methadone treatment upon release from jail among people receiving patient navigation services
Participants interviewed for this study reported four key challenges to remain in methadone treatment following release from jail: getting to treatment following release, assembling basic supports, managing criminal justice system demands, and staying in treatment.