Finding the Meaning of Naloxone: Perceptions of the Administration of an Opioid Antagonist Drug Among Police Officers
Date of Award
Campus Access Dissertation
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Opioid addiction has become an epidemic, especially in the United States, as opioid-related overdose deaths continue to rise. One approach to combat this epidemic has been by making Naloxone, an opioid antagonist drug, easier to use and more widely available. Prior to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) approval of Narcan, a Naloxone nasal spray, opioid overdoses were treated by trained professionals, such as doctors and nurses, to inject Naloxone into a muscle or vein of the person experiencing an overdose. However, the wider availability and ease of use Narcan allows for overdoses to be treated more promptly by first responders and, in some states, people who use drugs themselves. This study seeks to better understand how police officers make sense of the increasing availability of Naloxone, specifically Narcan, how they believe it might influence drug use, and how it might change the way they are trained and work within the community; it also seeks to fill in a gap in academic research literature by contributing to the understanding of the experiences of police officers who are on the front lines of the epidemic. Implications for policy and future research are discussed.
Crist, Michelle N., "Finding the Meaning of Naloxone: Perceptions of the Administration of an Opioid Antagonist Drug Among Police Officers" (2022). Graduate Doctoral Dissertations. 733.
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