Local police are getting their hands on a life-saving tool today. Officers were trained in using the drug Narcan, which is used to re-vive people who have overdosed on heroin.
Rather than using an injection of the drug officers will use Narcan in the form of a nasal spray.
According to the center for disease control and prevention someone dies from an overdose every nineteen minutes and local police say they are willing to take on the added responsibility.
"Law enforcement, we do a lot of different functions, but there is not one that’s more important than life saving this is an opportunity to immediately and instantaneously save lives that otherwise would have been lost," said Lt. Steve Hauck of the Utica Police Department
The officers in the training are now up to speed and able to use the drug to save lives. Ninety officers from across New York state participated in the training today.