Quincy, MA Decreases Opioid Overdoses Through Changes In Attitude And Practice
Combatting opioid overdoses required the city of Quincy, MA to enter into a community-wide conversation with its citizens, as well as address the stigma around addiction among its own public safety officers. This conversation led the police department to adjust their policy, and allow city residents to call for help in overdose situations without fear of being charged with drug possession. Police officers received training to identify opioid overdoses and administer the nasal Narcan (naloxone) now being carried in all police vehicles. Within months, the city reduced overdose deaths by 66%. This success has been noted by other states which now look to Quincy’s Narcan program as a model.