Law Enforcement in NY Will Soon Carry Naloxone

By Joe Gullo

Published 06/24 2014 05:35PM

Updated 06/24 2014 06:21PM

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. - Law enforcement in New York will soon carry naloxone, a drug that reverses an overdose.

Agencies across the state are undergoing training classes on how to administer narcan.  This is all a part of governor andrew cuomo's comprehensive, statewide initiative announced earlier this month.

The training covers signs and symptoms of an opioid overdose ... As well as how to properly store the medication.

"We thought it was important that police officers have the tools that they need," Mike Green Department of Criminal Justice, said. "Imagine being a police officer and getting a call saying someone is unresponsive, they're blue, they took drugs. Getting to the scene and maybe you see a syringe there, you see someone laying unconscious, not breathing, and not having the tools that you need to save someone's life." 

Governor Cuomo also signed new legislation including improved access to treatment for addicts, new penalties to help crack down on the sale of illegal drugs, and also expanded public education to warn people of the negative effects.

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