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State police begin carrying overdose drug Narcan

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Rhode Island State Police said Friday that troopers will carry Narcan, the life-saving antidote that helps counteract the effects of a drug overdose.

Col. Steven O'Donnell said the move was in response to an "epidemic."

In Rhode Island, 90 people have died from drug overdoses this year, a 45 percent jump from two years ago.

The state ordered 300 Narcan kits at the cost of $35 each.

The kits were paid for with drug money seized by the federal government.

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