The emergency drug overdose device called Evzio just won approval from the Food and Drug Administration for use in non-hospital settings. Injecting it delivers one dose of the drug Naloxone, and can save the life of someone who has overdosed on heroin or other opiates.
This comes at the same time Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced law enforcement officers statewide will carry Naloxone kits. Schneiderman said he'll use money from drug seizures to fund the program.
Local police continue to make major busts of heroin trafficking rings, like one in Suffolk County. But they cannot keep up with the flood coming in.
Nassau County D.A. Kathleen Rice said enforcement is just part of the solution.
Medical experts say naloxone has been available for years, and is highly effective. Having first responders equipped with it will prevent many unnecessary deaths, Dr. Raymond Griffin said.