BOSTON (CBS) —- State public health officials say the state has reached a milestone in preventing drug overdose deaths.

State officials say 2,000 people have been saved from a drug overdose by the state’s Naloxone program, which provides nasal spray kits that block the effects of heroin and other opiates.

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Quincy Police Lieutenant Detective Patrick Glynn says it’s been successful in his city.

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“Even if we’ve only reversed one person, it would have been successful, but we’ve been able to reverse 188 and also significantly reduce overdose deaths,” Glynn said.

Glynn says while a lot of attention is being given to designer drug “Molly,” heroin and other opiates pose a larger problem.

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The spray kits are available in 15 cities across the state.