Baltimore police equipped with life-saving Naloxone thanks to OSI grant

Posted on September 1st, 2015 at 4:09 pm

BPDPilot program focuses on areas hardest hit by heroin addiction

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Evan Serpick, Open Society Institute

This week, 500 Baltimore police officers will be equipped with the life-saving drug Naloxone, which reverses opioid overdoses upon ingestion. The cost of the drug was covered by a Open Society Institute grant to Behavioral Health Systems of Baltimore ( The pilot program focuses on  three areas of Baltimore hardest hit by the recent spike in opioid overdoses, with an eye toward expanding the program citywide.

OSI-Baltimore staff led an effort to bring together officials from Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the Governor’s Office of Crime Control & Prevention, Behavioral Health Systems Baltimore and the Baltimore City Police to conceptualize the pilot program.

Today, Baltimore Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen visited a training session with BPD officers (pictured).