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Norwood police equipped to reverse overdoses

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The town’s police cruisers have been equipped with a medication that helps people who have overdosed on drugs. In an announcement on the new policy, Police Chief William G. Brooks III stated that his department is the fourth law enforcement agency in the state and one of a relative handful in the country to provide its officers with naloxone, which reverses potentially fatal opiate overdoses. Police officers were trained on Jan. 22 and 23 by a Norwood Hospital doctor about the symptoms and signs of an opiate overdose, and how to administer naloxone — also known by its brand name, Narcan — using a nasal applicator. Opiate overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the state, according to police. Officer Kevin Grasso, a spokesman for the department, said Quincy, Stoughton, and Gloucester also have naloxone available for use by their police officers.

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