NYPD to carry heroin antidote as overdoses double

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By Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City police will begin carrying large amounts of anti-opiate drugs in an effort to combat a recent spike in heroin deaths, law enforcement officials said on Tuesday. Opiate overdoses killed more than 2,000 New York residents in 2011, more than double the number in 2004, state records show. Across the United States, the number of fatal opiate overdoses increased 45 percent from 2006-2010. “This program will literally save lives,” New York Attorney General Schneiderman said in a statement.