In this 2014 file photograph, a small bottle of the opiate overdose treatment drug, naloxone, also known by its brand name Narcan, is displayed at the South Jersey AIDS Alliance in Atlantic City, N.J. It is becoming easier for friends and family of heroin users or patients abusing strong prescription painkillers to get access to naloxone, a powerful, life-saving antidote, as state lawmakers loosen restrictions on the medicine to fight a growing epidemic.

Millions of dollars in federal grants and more than half-a-million in spending by the Colorado Attorney General’s office has put more than 20,000 Naloxone kits into the hands of people most likely to find themselves needing to save an opioid overdose victim.

Naloxone kits have gone to harm reduction and drug treatment centers as well as police officers who are often first to arrive on an overdose call.

“Over dispatch they tell me they have a possible dead body on the bridge,” said Denver Police Officer Johnny Avila, who found a man nearly dead and hardly breathing over a train track downtown. “(He) appeared to be deceased at the time. No color to his skin and I did observe a syringe on the right side of him.”

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