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Frontline officers to be equipped with potentially life-saving spray to save drug overdose victims

Police officers in Northampton and Kettering will soon be equipped with a medical device designed to save the lives of drug overdose victims.

The Force is to take part in a 12-month pilot project, working with Public Health England and CGL (Change Grow Live) to train and equip selected officers with a Nyxoid nasal spray.

Officers from the Northampton Central and Kettering Neighbourhood Policing Teams will be trained and certified in the use of the spray, along with the Armed Response Vehicle crews.

The move follows a recent increase in the number of drug-related deaths from synthetic opioids, including isotonitazene and fentanyl.

These drugs act in a similar way to heroin and are highly addictive – but unlike heroin they are entirely synthetic and about 500 times more potent.

While so-called street heroin overdoses remain, sadly, relatively common, regular users do build up a tolerance in the brain.

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