A North Carolina group has been a leading advocate nationally for having police carry and administer the overdose-reversing drug naloxone.
The Raleigh-based nonprofit North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition helps law enforcement agencies establish naloxone programs with training, locating supplies and other assistance. It also tracks police use of naloxone across the United States.
Robert Childs is the group's executive director. He scoffs at police holdouts citing any danger from people who wake up from overdoses angry and violent. Childs says police are well-equipped for that.
The coalition promotes public measures to help people with histories of drug use, sex trade and other high-risk activities.
Fayetteville, North Carolina, police Capt. Lars Paul says officers there have saved more than 100 people since they began carrying naloxone in 2015 - giving people another chance to change their lives.
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