- Associated Press - Thursday, April 17, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) - New York City officials say more first responders on Staten Island are carrying an overdose antidote in response to the borough’s heroin and pain pill addiction problem.

Police and fire officials said Thursday that naloxone (nuh-LAHKS’-ohn) has already been successfully used by Staten Island officers on three people overdosing this year.

They say federal funding has allowed the expansion of the drug’s use to all borough precincts.

Paramedics already carry the drug and administered it more than 2,800 times citywide last year. An FDNY division on Staten Island has used it more than 80 times this year.

Preliminary data show there were 37 drug-related overdose deaths on Staten Island in 2013.

State officials say all officers should carry kits with two syringes and inhalers.

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