Senator Chuck Schumer was in Albany on Monday to announce his support for funding policing agencies with a portable tool to detect drugs while in the field. This comes days after a Vermont State Trooper overdosed after handling heroin during a traffic stop.
Sheriff Craig Apple said Narcan used to reverse the symptoms of an overdose has become costly. Today’s push for Congress to pass the POWER Act will better arm officers in the field.
The POWER Act stands for Providing Officers with Electronic Resources. It’s a bi-partisan bill, creating a grant program putting officers on the offense. The portable scanners can detect 80 types of drugs.
$100 million is estimated to be allocated to the grant. That will amount to 1250 devices in the field.