- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 21, 2016

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Some city councilors in Albuquerque are pushing for police to carry a drug that can prevent deadly opioid overdoses.

KOAT-TV reports (https://bit.ly/2d1WPF4 ) that councilors Dan Lewis and Diane Gibson say they want officers to carry Naloxone, which blocks opiate receptors in the nervous system and counteracts opioid overdoses.

New Mexico is currently second in the nation when it comes to drug overdose deaths. The Department of Health says 490 people died from an overdose in the state last year.

Officers with Rio Rancho police, Santa Fe police and Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office already carry the drug.

Lewis says Albuquerque officers are sometimes on the scene before paramedics and it could be helpful to have the access to the life-saving medicine. He says police can purchase the drug with grant money.


Information from: KOAT-TV, https://www.thenewmexicochannel.com/index.html

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