The Suffolk County Police Department has announced it's expanding its New York State Health program involving the use of intranasal Narcan, a drug used to revive victims who've fallen into an opiate overdose.
The program will now be introduced to the First Precinct in West Babylon - which serves Lindenhurst and the surrounding Town of Babylon communities - as well as the Second, Third and Fifth Precincts.
As it stands, police said, only a certified EMT can administer the prescription drug on site. This program has certified more than 800 members of the Suffolk Police force.
With the pilot program already active in the Fourth, Sixth and Seventh Precincts, authorities said the training has already saved lives.
According to a release from the SCPD, there've been 35 successful administrations of Narcan since July 2012, including two cases during last Summer where intranasal Narcan was used to revive potentially fatal overdoses.
The first involved a 21-year-old woman who had overdosed in her car in the Carvel parking lot on Ronkonkoma Avenue.
The second case occurred two days later, this time involving a 26-year-old Holbrook man who had overdosed at a Mobil gas station on Express Drive North.
The trained officers who rescued the two victims worked out of the Fourth Precinct.
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