Local Police Join Fight Against Heroin Addiction

By News 8

Published 05/15 2014 08:41PM

Updated 05/15 2014 09:31PM

Two local police departments are joining in the fight against heroin addiction.

The Rochester and Brighton police departments will take part in the community overdose prevention or "COP" program. The goal is to train and equip all officers with Naloxone, which is sort of a heroin antidote. Some say the program could be a game changer.

"A kit costs about $60, training takes a half hour," Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said. "You are going to be saving a lot of people's lives and getting them into treatment."

Rochester and Brighton are two of just twelve Western New York police agencies taking part in the pilot program.

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