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NYPD officers will soon carry heroin antidote

NYPD Officers Will Soon Carry Heroin Antidote

NYPD officers will soon be armed with the heroin antidote naloxone.

WNBC reports: "Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced today that his office is providing the department with $1.17 million that will pay for nearly 20,000 naloxone kits." (Via WNBC)

That means roughly 56 percent of NYPD officers will be equipped with the drug. The NYPD commissioner points out the ironic way the state is footing the bill.

According to WPIX, "Money that was raised through the illegal sale of drugs is now being used to save lives of those afflicted with drug addiction." (Via WPIX)

When a person overdoses on heroin, he or she stops breathing. But naloxone counteracts that.

​WNYW reported "Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says when police encoutner someone who has overdosed on heroin or prescription opioid​ pills, they can spray the naloxone into the person's nose and save their life." (Via WNYW)

WPIX says another New York county had overwhelming success with its naloxone pilot program last year.

"Last year, Suffolk County cops were able to save 563 lives with those kits."

The NYPD will not be the only police department receiving the drug. A news release from the state attorney general's office says roughly 25,000 kits, at $60 a pop, will be distributed to 150 other departments across New York state.

Another pilot program using the drug has saved five lives in Staten Island. The NYPD joins the city's Metropolitan Transportation Authority officers in carrying the antidote.

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scarlettseductio May 28 2014 at 1:07 AM

This is total bullshit . Let me just say I used to be a drug user and I fel this way about it, if you use then choose to take a risk. Good money should not be spent on this !! I don't care if some movie star was killed from it . They CHOSE to use !!! Such are the choices we make in life . Stop treating peoploe who make bad descions about thier own lives like INNOCENT victims. They are not innocent .

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Jolanta May 28 2014 at 3:15 AM

So why not carry meds for people with diabetes, serious allergies, heart conditions etc ? just saying.
Total NYC BS!!

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home May 28 2014 at 1:22 AM

I could care less how many died! If you do it, then die from it. It will mean less useless people doing drugs, and better for society.

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coopdabomb May 28 2014 at 5:45 AM

So if you're a low life heroin addict you get saved but if you have Asthma attack and can't breathe sorry pal out of luck.

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bobmulley May 28 2014 at 2:20 AM

Soon, this low breed of citizen will be suing the city for killing the addict for miss using the drug antitdote. A bullet and donate the body to medical school would be more benifical.

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moooooooooochelle May 28 2014 at 1:13 AM


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siscosdad moooooooooochelle May 28 2014 at 1:45 PM

The actual quote was, "Let them eat brioche."

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myredbrick May 28 2014 at 1:23 AM

Let them die people on that **** are a wast. they cost os in Tax food stamps hospeteal they are unperductive people in most cases saveing them will just cost us more. its time to save the people that want to be part of the world.

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wldwle1 May 28 2014 at 8:30 AM

Dope fiends getting a second chance ,WTF?these are the people that rob and steal from you . Let them die ... Its a waste of money ,time and effort. Who cares? Let them all die ,It would put more cops on the street to stop texting drivers that are killing bikers .
Pissed off american biker....

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jobriendj wldwle1 May 28 2014 at 11:09 AM

hey boss, isnt it American bikers that transport and distribute this crap. Meth , Heroine , etc

maybe you should be really pissed at your next biker rally , maybe you can express your displeasure to the nearest Hells Angels patchholder.

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BlahBlahBlah jobriendj May 28 2014 at 1:00 PM

Perhaps wldwle was referring to bicycles and not motorcycles. Either way, you apparently have some misinformation about bikers and wldwle never said anything about Hell's Angels. Way to be presumptive.

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siscosdad wldwle1 May 28 2014 at 1:53 PM

We see that all you really care about is being hit while riding your bike. You could always walk, problem solved.

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jbhtonto May 28 2014 at 12:53 AM

There are sad consequences for violating a law. Even when it's Darwin's law that you are violating.

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dwtomczyk May 28 2014 at 5:39 AM

but do they have snake bite kits?

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mdennish dwtomczyk May 28 2014 at 7:44 AM

Only in D C.

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glers dwtomczyk May 28 2014 at 9:43 AM

how many snake bites do they get in NEW YORK CITY?

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miriamisrael1 glers May 28 2014 at 10:17 AM

you'de be surprised

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