Police chiefs to consider use of Narcan

The head of Rhode Island's police chiefs association says his organization will consider health officials' call for municipal officers to carry the drug used to reverse opiate overdoses.

Richmond Chief Elwood Johnson says he thinks carrying naloxone makes sense but wants to know more about the cost, training and liability. He says each municipality should decide on its own.

Rhode Island had 45 fatal overdoses through Wednesday, double the average. State police recently announced they would begin carrying naloxone.

Health Department Director Michael Fine is considering emergency regulations to help clear the way for law enforcement to obtain and administer the drug.

Naloxone is already available without a prescription at Walgreens under an agreement among the pharmacy chain, the state pharmacy board and The Miriam Hospital.