ALBANY, N.Y. – State and local police are stepping up their fight against what the U.S. Attorney General calls an urgent public health crisis – a spike in heroin overdoses.
The Community Overdose Prevention program is funded by $5 million dollars seized during criminal investigations. It aims to put the life-saving drug Naloxone in the hands of every first responder.
The drug reverses the effects of an overdose. Many law enforcement officials say it’s more important than ever.
“We’re trying very quickly to get our deputies outfitted with it,” Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple said. “We had a young 21-year-old female overdose on heroin in the town of New Scotland. We had a 52-year-old a couple weeks ago in Westerlo. I mean the list just goes on and on.”
Apple said he is very eager to get the drugs and have his deputies trained on how to use it.
A federal report claims that heroin overdose deaths increased by 45 percent between 2006 and 2010.