The Suffolk County Police Department is expanding its New York State Health program involving the use of intranasal Narcan, a drug used to revive victims who have fallen into an opiate overdose.
The program will now be introduced to the 5th Precinct in Patchogue, which serves the areas of Blue Point through West Sayville. As it stands, only a certified EMT can administer the prescription drug on site. This program has certified more than 800 members of the Suffolk Police force.
With the pilot program already active in the 4th, 6th and 7th precincts, authorities say the training has already saved lives. According to a release, there have been 35 successful administrations of Narcan since July of 2012.