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Roseville Police Begin Carrying Drug to Halt Opioid Overdoses

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ROSEVILLE -- Roseville Police officers have started to carry Naloxone, a potentially life-saving drug that halts the effects of an opioid overdose.

Naloxone acts within minutes to restore breathing to someone experiencing an overdose.

The Roseville Police Department says a recent state law allowed police agencies to start administering Naloxone.

Paramedics with the Roseville Fire Department have used the drug since 1985, and say they've used the drug on 89 patients in just the last two years.

Roseville Police now have Naloxone because of a grant through a partnership with the Placer Nevada County Medical Society.

Roseville PD is one of 12 agencies statewide that carry the kits.