Indianapolis Police Officers Learning To Use Heroin Overdose Antidote

By Ian Hoover- 21Alive

Indianapolis Police Officers Learning To Use Heroin Overdose Antidote

April 16, 2014 Updated Apr 16, 2014 at 2:22 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (21Alive) -- Indianapolis Police Officers have begun training using overdose kits to help fight against heroin-related overdoses.

According to WTHR, officers will carry an antidote called Narcan that can reverse the effects of an overdose in a matter of minutes. Officers trained with the antidote today and learned how to recognize heroin-related overdoses.

Indianapolis saw more than 100 people die of heroin-related overdoses in 2013. Authorities know that this may not solve the heroin problem Indiana is facing, but it should help to save lives.

Each dose of the antidote costs $17 and has practically no side effects.

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