Program to bring potentially life-saving drug to police

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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.

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