Idaho law enforcement considers using heroin overdose drug

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho -- Northern Idaho law enforcement officials are considering having officers carry a heroin overdose reversal drug.

The Coeur d'Alene Press reports that Post Falls Police Chief Scot Haug met with other local law enforcement officials on Monday to discuss the possibility of having officers carry Narcan spray, which is 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 about Narcan on Monday.

The conversation Monday 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.

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