By Associated Press - Friday, May 22, 2015

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Gwinnett County police say officers will be equipped with portable defibrillators and a drug that can interrupt and reverse the effects of certain drug overdoses.

Department spokeswoman Michele Pihera said in a statement that officers will begin carrying the two devices in their patrol cars Friday.

Pihera says the Cardiac Science G3 defibrillators are fully automatic and use voice prompts to help instruct users. Pihera says the drug Naloxone, also known as Narcan, will help officers treat people who may have overdosed on opioids and opiates including methadone and heroin.

Pihera says it cost the department $70,000 to buy 70 portable defibrillators and $1,500 to buy 70 units of Naloxone.

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