NewsRadio 920 WHJJ and the Associated Press

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Providence police have become the latest, and largest, Rhode Island police force to be trained and equipped with the heroin overdose antidote Narcan.

Mayor Angel Taveras and Public Safety Commissioner Steven Pare made the announcement Thursday.

Narcan, also known as naloxone, can reverse potentially fatal opioid overdoses. Providence officers will carry the nasal spray form of the drug.

Pare says 352 officers have been trained and equipped with Narcan. Members of the city's fire department were previously trained and equipped with it.

Amid a surge in overdose deaths this year, the director of the department of health issued emergency regulations on Narcan and called on all police departments to carry it. Departments that have said they will carry it include State Police and Charlestown and Richmond police.


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