New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman demonstrates an inhaler of naloxone, a drug to be included in an overdose-prevention rescue kit, during a news conference in New York City on May 27, 2014
Richard Drew—AP
By Per Liljas
May 28, 2014

Thousands of New York police officers will be trained and equipped to handle heroin overdoses in response to a massive increase in incidents in recent years, city officials announced Tuesday.

The police are to be armed with naloxone, a drug that can reverse the effects of an overdose, and given training on how it should be administered, Agence France-Presse reports.

“This program will literally save lives,” said New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, pointing out that naloxone had been “stunningly effective.”

The Community Overdose Prevention Program, a drive launched last month, is funding the initiative.

New York City authorities have said that heroin overdoses surged 84% between 2010 and 2012, calling current levels an “epidemic.”


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