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City council backs quicker rollout for anti-opioid-overdose drug

Caleb James and J.R. Oppenheim
March 20, 2017 10:08 PM

The Albuquerque City Council approved a measure to speed up the process to provide police officers with an overdose antidote.

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City councilors already decided to put the anti-opioid-overdose medication Naloxone in Albuquerque police squad cars, but the rollout was expected to happen over a year's time. The city council on Monday voted unanimously to cut that time in half.

A grant is funding the effort to get the life-saving drug into the hands of police officers over the next 12 months. Legislation from Councilor Diane Gibson proposed a six-month rollout of the program, using $10,000 of city funds to do it.

Statistics show there is an opioid overdose death every three days in Albuquerque, and Gibson has argued lives are lost every week the life-saving drug is not in the hands of first responders.

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Caleb James and J.R. Oppenheim

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