Indianapolis police expanding use of anti-overdose drug

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A kit with naloxone, also known by its brand name Narcan,(AP Photo/Mel Evans)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department has announced an expansion of its efforts to equip officers with a drug that can reverse heroin overdoses.

Dozens more officers were trained and began carrying the anti-overdose drug Narcan this week. The program launched nine months ago in the Southwest District of Indianapolis and is now expanding into the East District.

The department eventually hopes to expand the program to all of its officers. A department spokesman says officers in the Southeast District should be trained by the end of March.

Officers participating in the pilot program administered Narcan 46 times between April and December. Indianapolis Emergency Medical Services used the drug more than 1,000 times last year.

 

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