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Ohio AG announces training to combat heroin overdoses

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DeWine: Naloxone can reverse effects of opioids, halt overdoses

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The state's top attorney is offering a new training course for law enforcement officials in connection with a statewide battle against heroin.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced on Tuesday that his office will offer the course on the administration of Naloxone, which reverses the effects of opioids on the brain and can limit or stop an overdose. DeWine said "at least 17 people died each week in 2013 from a heroin overdose, and this free course gives officers the training they need to help them save lives."

The free training course was developed by the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy (OPOTA) in response to House Bill 170, which was signed into law in March. The law allows officers to carry and administer naloxone, also known by the name Narcan.

DeWine also formed a Heroin Unit to combat heroin trafficking and prevent heroin abuse. The Attorney General's Heroin Unit is composed of agents and investigators from the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation, prosecutors, and community outreach specialists.

An educational video similar to the training course has been published as an informational and awareness tool for community members. That video is available below:

Z. Daniel Barnett

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