Albany - (WALK) State officials are expected to expand a two-month-old program to provide the life-saving anti-overdose drug Narcan to 18 Long Island police departments, according to the state attorney general's office.
The program was launched in April, with nine Long Island departments and agencies supplied with approximately 200 anti-overdose kits. An announcement is expected today, Wednesday to include police departments serving Southold, Southampton, Garden City and Great Neck Estates.
The Community Overdose Program (COP) has approved 117 police departments statewide with $1.72 million in reimbursements to purchase approximately 26,000 kits of Narcan (naloxone) and necessary training, according to the attorney general's office.
On Long Island the COP program approved $222,788 to purchase 2,452 overdose kits.
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is expected to provide details about the expanded COP program during remarks before our business community at the Long Island Association breakfast in Melville Wednesday.