Indianapolis police to carry heroin OD antidote

Indianapolis police to carry heroin OD antidote
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Indianapolis police will soon begin carrying a drug designed to help stop heroin overdoses in their tracks.

The move follows a drastic increase in heroin overdoses since 2011. City public safety director Troy Riggs says the number of deaths from overdoses more than doubled during that time. Last year, the city had 95 deaths from heroin overdoses.

Records show Indianapolis medics are called to an overdose twice a day on average. Medics already carry the drug, which is called Narcon.

That drug can reverse the overdose effect that makes victims stop breathing. It also sends them into withdrawal.

Indianapolis officers will begin carrying Narcon in a pilot project beginning in March.

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