The University at Buffalo is among a dozen State University of New York campuses equipping their police officers with naloxone kits to prevent deaths from heroin overdoses.
Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced Wednesday that his office will provide funding to equip 258 campus police officers statewide with naloxone, a heroin antidote that can instantly reverse the effects of opioid or heroin overdose.
In addition to UB, SUNY campuses at Adirondack, Albany, Canton, Cortland, Farmingdale, Geneseo, New Paltz, Oswego, Potsdam, Purchase and Utica/Rome will receive the naloxone kits, which consist of a zip bag or pouch containing two prefilled syringes of naloxone, two atomizers for nasal administration, sterile gloves and a booklet on the use of the drug.
The cost of a naloxone kit is approximately $60, and the shelf life of each kit is approximately two years.
The attorney general’s COP Program, which stands for community overdose prevention, uses funds seized from drug dealers and other criminals to reimburse local police departments for the cost of the kits.
Since the COP Program was launched in April, nearly 28,000 kits have been distributed to 164 police departments across the state.
“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.”