- Associated Press - Friday, March 7, 2014

RICHMOND, R.I. (AP) - Richmond police officers are going to start carrying the drug overdose antidote Narcan as deaths from heroin and other opioids are on the rise in Rhode Island and in the Northeast.

The Westerly Sun reports (https://bit.ly/MUADgc ) police Chief Elwood Johnson told the town council Thursday his officers would be trained over the next several months in the use of Narcan.

Health officials say at least 56 people have died from drug overdoses in Rhode Island this year. They call it an epidemic and have asked police departments to start carrying Narcan.

The drug also is called naloxone. It’s administered as a nasal spray and can reverse the effects of an opiate overdose. Johnson says it’ll cost around $500 annually for officers to carry it.

Charlestown police have started carrying it.


Information from: The Westerly Sun, https://www.thewesterlysun.com

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