Police at 12 state colleges to carry anti-heroin drug Narcan

Officers are receiving special training on how to Officers are receiving special training on how to administer the drug. Photo Credit: News 12

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PURCHASE - Police at 12 state colleges in New York will be trained to use the anti-heroin drug Narcan.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman made the announcement at SUNY Purchase, where the campus police will receive 25 Narcan kits.

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Officers are receiving special training so they can learn how to administer the drug. Narcan is sprayed into the nose and can reverse the potentially fatal effects of a heroin or opioid overdose.

New York has seen a surge in heroin use. In 2012, the Hudson Valley had the highest per capita heroin hospitalization rate in the entire state.

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