Police will carry an antidote for heroin overdose victims
Nearly 20,000 police officers across the city will soon be equipped with a substance known to reverse heroin overdoses instantly.
The antidote, naloxone, saved 563 lives last year in Long Island’s Suffolk County, according to state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, whose office is allocating approximately $1.2 million to the New York Police Department to purchase it.
Schneiderman and Police Commissioner Bill Bratton announced the move in a joint statement issued Tuesday.
“The NYPD is proud to join with the New York State Attorney General in announcing the expansion of the Community Overdose Protection program,” Bratton said in the announcement. “A recent pilot project on Staten Island has already proven effective with several overdose victims. We look forward to the expansion of the program and thank the Attorney General’s Office for their continued support in this life-saving initiative.”
Heroin use is on the rise, at least in part because it is cheaper than prescription opioid drugs that people also abuse.
The naloxone kits police will carry include two prefilled syringes and two atomizers for nasal administration of the substance. Each costs about $60 and is good for two years, according to Schneiderman.
Meanwhile U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is seeking $100 million in extra federal funding for the New York-New Jersey area to combat the heroin trade. A “heroin pipeline” between Mexico and New York City has developed, Schumer said in press release Monday.
You can adopt a pet for free this weekend
Saturday and Sunday will mark what officials are branding as the city’s biggest free pet adoption event ever.
More than 4,000 homeless dogs and cats will be available for residents to take home, at no charge, from more than 90 shelters and rescue organizations across the city, including many in Queens, according to the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals.
The event is called Maddie’s Pet Adoption Days in honor of Maddie’s Fund, a private foundation that is providing the funding that enables the animals to be adopted for free. Last year, the first year the city participated, more than 3,000 pets found homes, according to the Mayor’s Alliance.
“While many of the animals, all of whom have been spayed or neutered and vaccinated, have had a rough start, all of them have lots of love to give and all of them need permanent, loving homes,” the agency said in announcing the event.
For details, including the locations of participating shelters and rescue groups, go online to bit.ly/MPADNYC, a shortcut to the Mayor’s Alliance page on the event.
Officials go after web ‘Phrostie’ liquor sales
A new mystery drink being sold online would be banned under a bill introduced by state Assemblyman Felix Ortiz (D-Brooklyn).
The drink, called “Phrosties,” is being sold illegally by an unnamed company, according to the assemblyman. Its ingredients are not quite clear, “but it has been described as pure sugar and grain alcohol,” according to Ortiz.
“I am very concerned about the access of this beverage to minors,” he said in a prepared statement. “This is illegal marketing of alcohol and must be banned immediately before anyone gets hurt.”
U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) also railed against the beverage this week.
Bad driving crackdown
The NYPD is in the midst of another crackdown against people who speed, run red lights, use the phone or text while driving, or commit other dangerous infractions.
The initiative, set to run through Sunday, is underway in 21 precincts citywide that police did not name. Agents are also writing more tickets for parking violations that create a hazard, the Police Department said.
— compiled by Peter C. Mastrosimone