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Tonight at 10: Officers with anti-overdose drugs

Posted at 8:27 AM, May 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-11 08:28:52-04

LEE COUNTY, Fla. -- Heroin overdoses are taking more lives every day in Florida, and it's leading law enforcement agencies across our state to carry a drug that reverses a potentially deadly overdose.

"If you're deceased, you're deceased.  But if you're in that window of severe respiratory depression, this drug gives you a chance to bring someone back that would otherwise not be saved," says Sgt. Donald Kennard of the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office.

With more than 200 heroin overdoses last year in Southwest Florida, are our officers carrying this life-saving drug?  And if not, should they be?

"It's all over the streets. It seems like almost every week I'm hearing of someone else dying from it," says overdose survivor Lynda Brown.

Four in Your Corner investigates in a special report airing tonight on Fox 4 News at 10.