ALBANY, N.Y. – Three state agencies are partnering to train police offers in the use of naloxone.
The Division of Criminal Justice, the Department of Health and Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services collaborated with Albany Medical Center to show nearly 260 officers from 42 agencies how to use the medication that can save lives by reversing the effect of overdoses.
DCJS Executive Deputy Commissioner Michael Green said, that as a former district attorney, he's seen first-hand the devastating effects of opioid abuse.
Naloxone is administered by nasal spray and it allows an individual to regain consciousness and resume normal breathing. The state is providing naloxone kits to law enforcement at no cost.