Illinois officials help police acquire drug antidote

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Law enforcement in Springfield are benefiting from local public officials’ efforts to give them easier access to an opioid overdose antidote. The State Journal-Register reports a 2015 Illinois law requires police agencies to carry Narcan, a nasal spray used to treat narcotic overdoses in an emergency. The law is in response to an ongoing national opioid abuse epidemic. Springfield police have saved 12 people since February with the spray.