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NYPD begins carrying antidote kits to fight 84 percent rise in local heroin overdoses

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Thousands of New York City police are to be equipped with heroin antidote kits to address a surge in overdoses from the drug, city officials said Tuesday.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said 19,500 police officers would be armed with naloxone, a highly effective drug capable of reversing the effects of an opioid overdose.

Funding for the initiative is part of a drive to tackle overdoses launched last month known as COP — Community Overdose Prevention Program.

“The COP Program is an essential part of our effort to combat the spike in heroin overdoses that is plaguing communities and families here in New York City and across the state,” Schneiderman said in a statement.

Police officers will also receive training in how to administer naloxone.

The initiative was greenlit after a successful pilot program in New York City’s Staten Island borough, New York police chief William Bratton said. The pilot program had “proven effective with several overdose victims,” Bratton said.

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“This program will literally save lives,” Schneiderman said, adding that naloxone had been “stunningly effective.”

New York authorities have previously warned that heroin abuse had reached “epidemic” levels, saying statistics showed an 84 percent leap in overdoses between 2010 and 2012.

The COP program will roll out across New York state with the distribution of 25,000 kits across 150 police forces.

Authorities said naloxone was credited with saving the lives of 563 people in the Long Island county of Suffolk alone last year.

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A similar scheme to the New York state initiative was launched in the Massachusetts town of Quincy in 2010. Since its inception, police say naloxone has helped reverse 211 overdoses, a success rate of 95 percent.

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Don Trump Jr shamed for sucking up to his dad on Twitter: ‘Ivanka is still his favorite’

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President Donald Trump retweeted about a half dozen posts early Wednesday from his wife and children, but not one particularly approval-seeking tweet from his namesake son.

The president's namesake son hyped his father's promotion of the "American Dream" late Tuesday, but Trump didn't include that one among several others posted by Ivanka Trump, Eric Trump and Melania Trump, as well as another touting son-in-law Jared Kushner's Middle East peace plan.

"For the last 50 years our biggest net export has been The American Dream, but because of @realDonaldTrump we’ve brought that American Dream home, where it belongs," tweeted Donald Trump Jr. "He’s doing this for you, your children, and for your grandchildren. Let’s Keep America Great! #2020"

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Child detention centers: Rachel Maddow trades tears for tenacity

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Well, a lot has happened since MSNBC host Rachel Maddow broke down on the air about U.S. child detention camps. She got mad - and started getting even.

Maddow said on her June 24 show, "I mean, it`s impossible not to see. I mean, obviously, this is a national interest. This is something we will all have to answer for one day to our makers, right?"

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Trump attacks his own Fed chairman in unhinged Fox interview: ‘Nobody ever heard of him before — I made him!’

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President Donald Trump bitterly attacked Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell for refusing to cut interest rates during an interview with Fox Business's Maria Bartiromo.

When asked about the state of the economy, Trump claimed that the economy is doing terrific but he said that Powell should nonetheless aggressively pump money into the economy via rate cuts.

"We should have [European Central Bank President Mario] Draghi instead of our Fed person!" the president said. "We have a man who doesn't do anything for us!"

Bartiromo then noted that Powell has made a point of preserving the Federal Reserve's political independence by refusing to obey the president's orders to lower rates, but Trump replied that Powell should just do what he's told.

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