June 15, 2017

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U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Issues New Warnings on Fentanyl
Earlier this month, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) issued new guidance and warnings for first responders working on cases with those affected by the opioid crisis across the country. The DEA developed the guidance,  Fentanyl: A Briefing Guide for First Responders (PDF), and a fentanyl roll call video, Fentanyl: A Real Threat to Law Enforcement , after two Atlantic County, NJ detectives were exposed to fentanyl. The video was produced with input from Patrolman  Chris Green  of the East Liverpool (Ohio) Police Department, as well as officers in Connecticut, Maryland, and Georgia who were also exposed to fentanyl. Without thinking, Chris Green brushed white powder off his shirt after searching the car of suspected drug dealers and passed out about an hour later. Green needed four doses of Narcan to be revived.
The deadly drug fentanyl has surged in communities, in some cases causing mass overdoses due to the distribution of it in, or as a replacement for, batches of heroin. As the number of overdoses involving fentanyl increases, first responders' accidental exposure to the equivalent of even a few grains of the drug can be deadly. DEA Acting Administrator Chuck Rosenberg says in the video, "assume the worst." Fentanyl is 50 times more potent than heroin and provides the structural basis for synthetic opioids thereby fueling an increase in the U.S. As noted in the  Briefing Guide , "since fentanyl can be ingested orally, inhaled through the nose or mouth, or absorbed through the skin or eyes, any substance suspected to contain fentanyl should be treated with extreme caution as exposure to a small amount can lead to significant health-related complications, respiratory depression, or death." Rosenberg cautions police not to field test any substance they suspect may contain fentanyl and reminds them that police dogs are also vulnerable.
The opioid epidemic continues to be an escalating public health crisis with the New York Times reporting that 2016 drug overdose deaths exceeded 59,000 and are now the leading cause of death for Americans under 50. The preliminary data was compiled from hundreds of state health departments, county coroners, and medical examiners. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates final numbers will be available in December.
For additional resources on fentanyl from the DEA, including publications on fentanyl, carfentanil, counterfeit prescription pills, and trending facts, please visit the DEA's website.

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Webinar: Top 5 Challenges with the Clery Act and Title IX
Join us next month as we welcome Clery Center Executive Director  Alison Kiss to discuss the challenges in implementing provisions of the Clery Act and Title IX on college and university campuses. This free presentation, the twenty-first webinar in our
Campus Public Safety Online series, will be held on
Tuesday, July 18, 2017 from 2:00-3:00PM ET and is appropriate for those with all levels of Clery Act knowledge.
Based on years of experience working with colleges and universities throughout the country, Alison will focus on five key Clery Act challenges. She will address specific areas such as timely warning policies and procedures, coordination between departments, and current findings through the Department of Education's (ED) Clery Act Compliance Team program reviews, as well as voluntary resolution agreements through ED's Office for Civil Rights. Participants will learn ways to engage the campus community, when necessary, and how to identify solutions for challenges discussed.
Space is limited and registration is required. We encourage you to share this opportunity with your peers and colleagues. You are welcome to register one person on behalf of many and participate as a group from your institution.

Professional Development Opportunities

Title: The Vulnerabilities of LGBTQ and Homeless Youth to Human Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation
Organization: Office for Victims of Crime Training and Technical Assistance Center
Date: June 21, 2017 at 2:00PM ET
Location: Online
Fee: Free
Title: Social Media for Police Agencies: Increasing Officer Safety & Community Involvement
Organization: Virginia Center for Policing Innovation
Date: July 6, 2017
Location: Chesterfield, VA
Fee: Registration fee
Title: L0363 Multi-Hazard Emergency Management for Higher Education
Organization: FEMA
Dates: July 11-13, 2017
Location: Janesville, WI
Fee: Free

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This project was supported by Grant No. 2013-MU-BX-K011 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Office for Victims of Crime, and the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking. Points of view or opinions in this document are those of author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the US Department of Justice.