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Arundel Police To Carry Drug to Save Heroin Overdose Deaths

Update Date: Mar 25, 2014 09:50 AM EDT

Reportedly in Anne Arundel County, there have been cases of heroin overdoses at a rate of more than one a day this year and hence to save overdose deaths officials announced they're putting a powerful drug in the hands of police officers. 

Officers will be trained to administer a nasal mist known as Narcan. It is designed to halt overdose symptoms in heroin users. 

According to reports twelve people have died of heroin overdoses in the county this year. 

"It's truly a lifesaving tool that officers can carry in the field," said Sgt. Daniel Sereboff, a county police trainer and emergency medical technician, according to The Baltimore Sun.

Anne Arundel Police Chief Kevin Davis said heroin was the root cause of many other crime in the county such as thefts like precious-metal thefts. 

"They're trying to steal enough property or money to get them to their next fix," he said, according to The Baltimore Sun

He added that heroin was abused more in Anne Arundel in part because of a crackdown on illicit use of oxycodone and other such expensive prescription drugs. 

Experts believe that putting Narcan in the hands of officers is more appropriate because sometimes they arrive at an emergency situation before firefighters and paramedics. 

"The speed at which you can get the Narcan into the patient is critical," said Dr. Roy A. Myers, medical director for Anne Arundel police and fire departments,

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