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NYPD officers to carry life-saving heroin antidote

NEW YORK – New York City Police Department Commissioner William Bratton and state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced that the NYPD has joined the Attorney General’s Community Overdose Prevention (COP) Program.  Schneiderman announced that his office would provide the NYPD with funding to equip 19,500 police officers with naloxone, the extremely effective heroin antidote that can instantly reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. The Attorney General’s COP Program uses funds seized from drug dealers and other criminals to reimburse local police departments for the cost of naloxone kits.

“The COP Program is an essential part of our effort to combat the spike in heroin overdoses that is plaguing communities and families here in New York City and across the state,” said Schneiderman. “By providing NYPD police officers with naloxone, we are making this stunningly effective overdose antidote available in every corner of the five boroughs. This program will literally save lives.”

"The NYPD is proud to join with the New York State Attorney General in announcing the expansion of the Community Overdose Protection program,” Commissioner Bratton said. “A recent pilot project on Staten Island has already proven effective with several overdose victims. We look forward to the expansion of the program and thank the Attorney General's Office for their continued support in this life-saving initiative."

The COP Program will provide the NYPD, the largest police force in the United States, with at least $1,170,000 for the purchase of the kits. Police officers assigned to patrol functions, which includes officers assigned to all precincts as well as the NYPD’s Transit and Housing bureaus, will now carry the life-saving drug and be trained to administer it in a medical emergency.