New Funding Will Equip SUNY Campus Officers With Naloxone
Twelve SUNY campuses including Albany and SUNY-PI are joining State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's Community Overdose Prevention(COP) Program.
Schneiderman's office will provide funding to equip 258 campus police officers with the heroin and opiate antidote naloxone.
The program uses money seized from drug dealers and other criminals to reimburse local police departments for the cost of naloxone kits.
"The COP Program is an essential part of our effort to combat the epidemic of heroin overdoses plaguing communities here in New York State and across the country," Schneiderman said. "In just the past year, we've seen multiple students overdose on SUNY campuses - a tragic reminder that the crisis we've seen in the news is not so far from our students' dorm rooms. By providing SUNY campus officers with naloxone, we are making this stunningly effective overdose antidote available to institutions that educate and care for our students."
SUNY police officers will get around $27,000 to buy naloxone kits for SUNY campuses across the state.