New York Police to Start Carrying Heroin Antidote

April 4, 2014

As deaths from heroin and other opiate drugs rise throughout New York, state officials are planning to equip police with an antidote to reverse the effects of overdoses.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced the Community Overdose Prevention program on Thursday, saying it will let every state and local law enforcement officer carry naloxone.

Heroin can numb the central nervous system and stop breathing. During an overdose, the drug naloxone blocks opioid receptors in the brain, WCBS 880′s Sean Adams reported.

Officers will be equipped with kits containing two syringes filled with naloxone — also marketed under the brand name Narcan — two inhalers of the drug, sterile gloves and a booklet on using the drug. The cost of the kit is roughly $60. Each has a shelf life of about two years.

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