New Hampshire Department of Safety officials are offering police officers an 8-hour training course so they can administer life-saving doses of Narcan to people who overdose on heroin and other opioids.
Officials said Thursday that the state has seen a spike in heroin overdoses in recent years and Narcan use doubled in 2014 over the previous year.
Until now, only EMTs with 100 hours of training could administer Naloxone - better known by its trademark Narcan - to counter opioid overdoses.
Officials said the training course is voluntary and includes first aid and CPR as well as a Narcan-specific component on how to administer the nasal spray antidote and monitor an overdose victim's reactions.
State fire and emergency services officials said the training program is available immediately.