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Iowa agencies consider using drug to block opioid overdoses

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Some eastern Iowa law enforcement agencies are considering whether to provide their officers with a drug that reverses the effects of opioids, potentially saving the lives of addicts who have overdosed.

The Quad-City Times reports (http://bit.ly/2evF6JB ) that police have to take into account how many overdose calls they go to each year, training for officers as well as cost and storage of the drug.

Bettendorf Police Chief Phil Redington says his city's fire department and emergency medical services already use the drug naloxone to prevent fatal overdoses.

But he says police don't usually go to emergency medical calls unless they know the call involves an overdose.

In the case of an emergency medical call, paramedics usually arrive first and decide whether to administer the drug.

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