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New program to equip officers with overdose reversal drug

New York - A new program announced Thursday will enable local and state law-enforcement to carry naloxone, an antidote to heroin, that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose, said Attorney General Eric Schniederman.

The Community Overdose Program will impact law enforcement offices across New York State and will provide funding to train officers in the administration of naloxone as well as equip each officer with the drug.

"Heroin is destroying our communities, and it's time we looked at broader solutions to fight back," Attorney General Schneiderman said in a statement. "Naloxone is stunningly effective at stopping an overdose in its tracks, and putting this powerful antidote in the hands of every law-enforcement agent in the state will save countless lives."

The funding for this program comes in large part from money seized from drug dealers.

Opioid overdoses killed over 2,000 New Yorkers in 2011.

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