By Associated Press - Wednesday, June 17, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Fire departments across New York state that don’t typically provide emergency medical services will receive free training on administering a heroin overdose antidote.

The state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services says it’s partnering with two other New York agencies to provide naloxone training to fire departments across the state.

The training is funded by the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services and administered by the Department of Health. The effort is aimed at combating the heroin and prescription opioid epidemic faced by many New York communities.

Naloxone is a medication that can reverse the effects of heroin and other opioid. It will be made available free of charge to local fire departments participating in the state-sponsored training.

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