As deaths from heroin and prescription drugs surge in New York, there's a move to equip police officers across the state with an antidote to drug overdoses.
State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's office says the Community Overdose Prevention program would allow officers to carry naloxone as part of a life-saving kit.
The drug, which has been available in emergency rooms for decades, works by restoring breathing in minutes to someone who overdosed on heroin or painkillers, giving emergency responders time to get them to a hospital.
The kits and training for police officers to use them would be funded primarily from $5 million seized in criminal and civil investigations of drug dealers.
In March, Attorney General Eric Holder pushed for law enforcement agencies throughout the nation to train and equip officers with the antidote.