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Enterprise file photo — Michael Koff

In response to the opioid epidemic in 2014, the Guilderland Police Department was the first in the state to receive reimbursement for naloxone kits. Chief Carol Lawlor, in back, applied to the attorney general’s Community Overdose Prevention Program because there were 12 heroin overdoses in Guilderland that year and five of them were fatal. Dr. Donald Doynow, medical director for Guilderland Emergency Services, demonstrated how to administer a dose of naloxone with an atomizer. Looking on, at center, is Albany County Executive Daniel McCoy, who on Jan. 31 joined hundreds of other plaintiffs in a lawsuit connecting prescription opioids to heroin use.