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Opioid Overdose Investigations

Maine is among the top ten states with the highest rates of opioid-related overdose deaths. In 2016, there were 301 opioid-related overdose deaths­ – a rate of 25.2 deaths per 100,000 persons and nearly double the national rate of 13.3 deaths per 100,000. Since 2012, the number of heroin deaths has increased from 12 to 55 in 2016 – a more than fourfold increase. Synthetic opioid-related overdose deaths have increased even more dramatically, from 19 to nearly 200 deaths, in the same period. Police officers are often the first to the scene of opioid overdoses. 


This course will provide students with basic investigative trends and techniques to: 

· Locates, identify, and investigate suspected overdose deaths

· Describe and report on basic overdose deaths

· Locate and identify evidence and safety issues

  

 Relevant Statistics 

  • Overview of Opioid Use
  • Types of Opioids

 First Responders Safety

  • Officer Safety 
  • Handling of Fentanyl 
  • Testing - Goals

 Overdose Death Investigations 

  • Routes of Entry
  • Domestic Labs 
  • Transportation/Distribution
  • Process – Preserve – Phones
  • Physical Evidence 
  • DEA De-confliction Tools
  • Prosecution

Case Studies - Q & A