Study Arms Sheriff’s Deputies with Nasal Spray for Drug Overdose Victims

Program to test effectiveness of deputies using drug and referring victims to treatment center —

Drug-related overdoses are the leading cause of injury-related deaths in the United States, surpassing motor vehicle accidents at 44,000 fatalities annually. In response, researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine have partnered with the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department to implement and study a program that requires all deputies carry and be trained to use a life-saving drug in the event of a discovered overdose and then refer victims to a treatment center once they are revived. … Read the Full Story from the UC San Diego Newsroom


The director of the program is medical sociologist Peter Davidson, PhD, Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Global Public Health.