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Nearly 90 Law Enforcement Officials Learn to Administer Naloxone

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About a dozen police agencies from across the state took part in training Wednesday to learn how they can better prevent deaths caused by drug overdoses.

Nearly 90 law enforcement officials learned how to administer the medication, naloxone.

It works by temporarily reversing the effects of heroin and opioid overdoses, allowing the person to regain consciousness and resume normal breathing.

Naloxone is administered through a nasal spray.

"It's important for law enforcement, we're often the first ones on scene to all kinds of emergencies including medical emergencies, from urban to rural environments, to have the tools available to save a life," said Michael Wood, NYS DCJS Deputy Commissioner.

The state provided agencies that took the course with supplies of naloxone for free.

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