Program to bring potentially life-saving drug to police

ALBANY, N.Y. (WIVB) – Police officers across New York State will have a new tool to help save lives.

State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has established the Community Overdose Prevention Program. It dedicates $5 million to outfit every officer in the state with Naloxone, better known as Narcan. The drug can temporarily reverse the effects of an opioid or heroin overdose.

“We’re taking the money from joint federal-state forfeiture funds. It has to be spent for law enforcement purposes. A lot of this money was actually confiscated from drug dealers. So it’s very appropriate that we’re using it to equip every law enforcement officer in the state,” Schneiderman said.

Buffalo Police are already carrying the drug, and firefighters are being trained to use it as well. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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