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January 8, 2015 at 7:03 AM

SPD considers carrying heroin overdose cure; Portland trial began this week

UPDATED at 11: 55 a.m. | Seattle police say they’re looking into having officers carry a drug to treat people suffering from life-threatening overdoses of heroin and other opiates.

Sgt. Sean Whitcomb said that Seattle police are considering following Portland police and have officers carry Naloxone, also known as Narcan, to help reverse the effects of overdoses.

“This is something we have been taking about for some time,'” Whitcomb said Thursday.  “We’re very interested in doing our part to reduce heroin and opiate overdoses.”

Thirteen Portland police officers began carrying the drug this week.

Portland Fire and Rescue trained the Central Precinct officers to administer the nasal spray. It’s a one-year test that could lead to other officers using the treatment.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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