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PDs join in overdose antidote program

Rochester, N.Y. -- The Rochester and Brighton Police departments will participate in a statewide program to learn how to prevent opiate overdoses, according to New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

The Community Overdose Prevention program was set up for law enforcement offices that would provide law enforcement agencies with naloxone, an antidote to opiate overdose.

The Rochester Police Department will implement a pilot program, while Brighton will join other agencies in training and equipping officers with naloxone.

"Equipping law enforcement officers in Rochester and Brighton with naloxone will save lives and help fight the scourge of opioid addiction in Western New York, Schneiderman said in a statement. "Earlier this month, our office shut down two major Western New York drug trafficking rings. Today, we continue our fight by giving law enforcement a powerful tool to fight overdoses."

A total of 12 agencies have applied to be part of the program. Statewide, 107 agencies are involved with the program.

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