NY Police to Carry Drug to Reverse Heroin Overdoses

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Amid a nationwide surge in heroin abuse, the New York Police Department announced on Tuesday that it will adopt the antidote to a heroin overdose.

So far this year, authorities in New York have seized more heroin than in any full year since 1991.

To stem the rising tide of heroin deaths, the nation's largest police force is turning to the overdose reversal drug naloxone.

Nearly 20,000 NYPD patrol, housing and transit officers will soon start carrying the drug, which has reversed 10,000 overdoses since 2001.

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