The law, passed back in May, allows officers to “administer a drug that can temporarily reverse an opiate overdose,” according to MPR News.
The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office will be the first department in the state to test out the new law, MPR News reported.
Other law enforcement agencies around the state are watching to see whether the program succeeds.
The new law goes into effect on Aug. 1, and allows law enforcement personnel and other emergency responders to carry and administer the anti-overdose drug naloxone, also known by the brand name Narcan. Under the law, a doctor must write a standing order for an agency and staff must undergo a training in how to administer Narcan.
“This is a real problem, a real epidemic — real people are dying and we need to do what we can to save them,” Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek told MPR News. “It’s incumbent on us to do all that we can do to move this forward, every one of them are real lives.”