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Providence police equip officers with Narcan

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The Providence Police Department has trained and equipped just about every officer with the overdose antidote Narcan.

The department started training a few weeks ago, and so far no officer has had to use the drug.

Being one of the largest departments in the state, getting every officer trained took longer than other forces. Providence Public Safety Commissioner Steven Pare said 350 to 360 officers were trained to use the drug. A few officers haven't been trained due to vacations.

Each officer is assigned Narcan, and they decide whether to keep it on their person or store it in their car.

The department used money from a federal grant to supply officers with the drug. It costs about $25 to replace a Narcan kit.


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