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First Responders

First responders are workers trained to be the first people to assist at the scene of an emergency, such as an accident, natural disaster, or terrorist attack. First responders typically include police officers, firefighters, paramedics, emergency medical technicians, rescuers, deputy sheriffs, and others who have joined volunteer organizations connected with this type of work.

Naloxone symbol created by LT Samantha Gustafson

Increasing Access to Naloxone

Naloxone is a medication designed to rapidly reverse opioid overdose. In 2015, IHS signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) [PDF - 1.6 MB] with the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) which allows IHS to provide BIA law enforcement officers with training and naloxone kits. This partnership has put naloxone in the hands of BIA law enforcement officers, who are often the first responders to incidents of opioid overdose in our tribal communities.

In addition, IHS, through its Area Offices, may enter into this Agreement [PDF - 1.6 MB] with Tribes on behalf of the Tribal First Responders. The Agreement will allow for the transfer of naloxone kits from an IHS facility to Tribal First Responders, who are Tribal employees designated to immediately respond to an emergency in the tribal communities.

IHS Blog Post

BIA Officer Uses Naloxone to Save Life, September 21, 2017

Naloxone Tools

IHS has created several tools to assist with training first responders to administer naloxone safely and efficiently, and to increase access to naloxone devices by facilitating development of local partnerships.

First Responder Naloxone Training Toolkit