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New tool for area police

Rochester, N.Y. Its called Naloxone, but some are calling it a lifesaver, and now many area police, troopers and other members of law enforcement in Monroe County will learn how to administer it.

Naloxone is an anti-opiate overdose drug commonly used to treat heroin overdoses.

In my 13 years this is probably the most simple and quickest trainings Ive had, said Trooper Adam Halstead. Prior to this training, if I responded to an opiate overdose there was nothing I could do.

Halstead is one of many law enforcement members of Monroe County to taking Naloxone training classes on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Now I have the ability to take some action and help somebody out, he said.

The program is offered to Monroe County law enforcement officials and others across the state, free of charge by the Division of Criminal Justice Services.

Were giving the officers another tool that not only potentially, but has been proven to save lives, said Mike Green Deputy Commissioner of the New York Division of Criminal Justice Services, referring to previous training sessions across the state.

In one instance, 90 minutes after the training, an officer walked out with the prescription and that officer was called to a scene where a person was turning blue, not breathing because of an overdose, said Green, adding that the officer quickly sprayed Naloxone and reversed the overdose.

Weve been doing this training since April and weve had eight officers whove been trained use this drug successfully to reverse heroin overdoses, he said.

According to the NY DCJS, approximately 50 officers from agencies in Monroe County, the Finger Lakes and Western New York will have received Naloxone training by Wednesday.

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