NY Announces Narcan Kit Funding

By Joe Gullo

Published 05/06 2014 03:37PM

Updated 05/06 2014 06:17PM

ALBANY, N.Y.  - New York announces awards to equip and train 39 law enforcement agencies with Naloxone (also known as Narcan), a life saving heroin antidote. 

A press release says the initial round of awards, part of the Community Overdose Prevention (COP) program, went to 30 different counties for the purchase of more than 1,073 Naloxone kits. 

“Since we launched the COP Program five weeks ago, the response across our state has been overwhelmingly positive—but also a sober reminder of how serious the heroin epidemic has become,” said Attorney General Schneiderman. “Naloxone is stunningly effective at stopping an overdose in its tracks, and now 100 law enforcement agencies are on their way to putting it in the hands of their officers. I have no doubt that we’ll continue to receive a steady stream of applications as heroin continues to plague communities in New York and around the country.”

Each kit comes with zip bag containing two pre-filled syringes of Naloxone, two atomizers for nasal administration, sterile gloves, and a booklet on how to use the drug. 

The New York Attorney General's Office says the cost of a kit is $60 and lasts approximately two years.

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