A Riverhead Volunteer Ambulance Corps volunteer displays the drug Narcan, which is used to treat opiate overdoses. (Credit: Paul Squire)
Police officers in three local departments are among the newest officers to be equipped with naloxone, a lifesaving heroin overdose drug.
The Riverhead, Southold and Southampton police departments have been approved for the Community Overdose Prevention (COP) Program, which supplies funding to equip officers with naloxone, an antidote that can instantly reverse the effects of a heroin overdose.
The program is funded through the state Attorney General’s Office, which has approved funding to equip almost half of the state’s police with the drug.
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Each kit consists of a pouch containing two prefilled syringes of naloxone and two atomizers to administer it through the nose, as well as gloves and an instruction booklet. Each kit costs about $60 and has a shelf life of approximately two years, according to a press release.
Long Island has received the second largest number of naloxone kit reimbursements in the state, trailing only New York City.
“By providing police officers with naloxone, we are making this life-saving overdose antidote available in every town, village and hamlet on Long Island,” said Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.
Prior to the program, ambulance personnel were the only responders equipped with the drug.
A 32-year-old Flanders man who ran a stop sign was charged with driving while intoxicated Sunday night, according to Southampton Town Police.
Edwin Espanasola was pulled over after an officer saw him running a stop sign at the intersection of Priscilla Avenue and Woodroad Trail in Flanders at about 8:20 p.m., according to police.
Mr. Espanasola had alcohol on his breath, slurred speech and other signs of intoxication, police said.
He also performed badly on field sobriety tests and had registered at .08 on a pre-screen breath test, according to police.
He was charged with driving while intoxicated, unlicensed operation and failure to stop at a stop sign.
A traffic stop led to a drug arrest for one Greenport man earlier this month, Southampton Town police said.
Terrence Smith, 34, was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance May 18 on Lake Avenue in Northampton, police said. He was pulled over a for a traffic violation and found to be in possession of crack cocaine, they said. (more…)
Police said a Middle Island man was caught driving with a beer and drugs in his lap early Monday morning. (more…)
Southampton Police station (Credit: Paul Squire)
A Shirley man who had been caring for two elderly Riverside residents is now charged with stealing and using their credit cards.
Southampton Town Police investigated a March 18 incident at Riverwoods mobile home park on Riverleigh Avenue in Riverside, where they said two elderly people reported that their cards had been used without their authorization. (more…)
A Hampton Bays man who ran from his car after being pulled over at a traffic stop in Flanders Sunday was later charged with drunken driving and drug possession, according to Southampton Town police. (more…)
A passenger in a car stopped for a traffic violation ended up being arrested Saturday with 2.5 pounds of marijuana, according to Southampton Town police.
Adelfri Calderon-Rojas, 24, of Central Islip, was a passenger in a car that was stopped for a traffic violation at 1:43 a.m. Saturday at the intersection of Flanders Road and Flanders Boulevard in Flanders. (more…)
Southampton Town Police received four reports of cars being broken into on Riverleigh Drive in Riverside early last Monday. (more…)