Police consider carrying heroin overdose drug

Posted at 11:29 AM, Oct 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-19 13:29:52-04

Northern Idaho law enforcement officials are considering having officers carry a heroin anti-overdose drug.

The Coeur d'Alene Press reports Post Falls Police Chief Scot Haug met with other local law enforcement officials Monday to discuss the possibility of having officers carry Narcan spray, an FDA-approved spray for the emergency treatment of opioid-related overdoses.

Coeur d'Alene Police Chief Lee White and Kootenai County Sheriff Ben Wolfinger were also at the meeting.

The conversation comes in conjunction that pharmacies at all Albertsons and Safeway stores in north Idaho will begin dispensing the drug without a prescription.

Currently, emergency medical services personnel carry and administer the anti-overdose drug, but police officers do not.

(by Associated Press)