Currently, over two dozen police departments across the nation are establishing programs to implement the use of naloxone to combat heroin and opioid pill overdoses. The antidote is administered by nasal spray, and its purpose is to block the effects of heroin or opioid painkillers.
Naloxone has been used for many years by paramedics and emergency room doctors, but as the U.S Office of National Drug Control encourages police departments to carry the antidote, many cities have already seen improvement. Quincy, Massachusetts was the first city to require all police officers C_HANATEC_1
on patrol to carry naloxone. “We embraced it and we ran with it,” said Quincy Police Chief Paul Keenan. Not far behind, The New York City police force will soon be trained and equipped with the antidote C_HANATEC131 as well, according to Police Commissioner William Bratton.