Substance Abuse

BJA NTTAC supports efforts to plan, implement, and enhance cost-efficient strategies to address crime related to alcohol and substance abuse, including identifying, apprehending, and prosecuting individuals who illegally transport, distribute, and use alcohol or controlled substances. Strategies for preventing and reducing alcohol and substance abuse-related crime focus on prevention and treatment services. In addition, BJA NTTAC supports efforts to investigate and deter drug production, trafficking, and drug-related violence. Research shows that there are higher rates of substance abuse and mental illness among inmates and offenders than among the general population. BJA NTTAC supports program activities that assist target population identification, and support relapse and recidivism prevention.

Our Work

  • Naloxone, also known as Narcan, is a fast-acting prescription medicine that works to reverse overdoses caused by opioids. Since law enforcement officers are often the first to arrive at an overdose scene, their actions can mean the difference between life and death. Developed by BJA NTTAC, the Law Enforcement Naloxone Toolkit is a one-stop clearinghouse designed to answer frequently asked questions about naloxone and provide resources, including standard operating procedures, training guides, community strategic plans, outreach materials, and memoranda of agreement, to support law enforcement. All of the resources can be easily downloaded by law enforcement agencies and customized for their use. Browse the Law Enforcement Naloxone Toolkit and search our clearinghouse of resources.
  • After seeing over 150 heroin-related deaths in a two-year period, which resulted in a public health crisis in its county, the Jefferson County (AL) District Attorney’s Office reached to BJA NTTAC for help with its community consortium concerned with heroin abuse and addiction. Through BJA NTTAC, one of our providers worked with Jefferson County to create working groups to develop a strategic community action plan and a community engagement strategy to attack the prescription drug abuse and heroin epidemic.
  • To address overt drug trafficking in Anniston (AL) and surrounding communities, the District Attorney for Cleburne and Calhoun Counties (AL) received training in Drug Market Intervention (DMI), an evidence-based program, by the National Network for Safe Communities at John Jay College. Led by David Kennedy, who first developed and implemented DMI in High Point, NC, to eliminate local overt drug markets, the two-day workshop provided representatives from the Alabama counties with a complete overview of DMI. Read more about BJA NTTAC’s assistance implementing this evidence-based program in Alabama.