Buffalo Mayor Wants Police Officer Who Overdosed on Heroin to Seek Treatment

Buffalo Mayor Wants Police Officer Who Overdosed on Heroin to Seek Treatment

Overview

BUFFALO, N.Y. — An officer with the Buffalo Police Department is under investigation after suffering a heroin overdose last week, while they were off-duty.

“We encourage our employees to engage in behavior that is in keeping with their contract and responsibilites,” said Mayor Byron Brown, D-Buffalo, on Wednesday.

Brown says the department has a zero-tolerance policy for drug use and now an internal affairs investigation is underway.

“The protocol might not be an immediate termination. The employee would have the ability to indicate that they have an issue, a medical issue, go into an employee assistance program and get assistance. Again, every situation is different but generally, that would be the approach for city employees.”

Sources tell Time Warner Cable News the incident happened last week and the officer has since taken a leave of absence. Brown says the officer had to be revived with Narcan.

“Substance abuse is an issue that many Americans all across the country are dealing with, unfortunately. People need to be encouraged if they have issues to get the help they need.”

The mayor says the department has not conducted random drug tests for at least two years after its contract with a service provider ended. He says a Request for Proposal is currently out to fill that void.