The PSNI are considering equipping frontline officers with the drug naloxone, which is used to reverse the effects of opiods.
Police in Scotland the West Midlands have already adapted the technique as part of their toolkit.
Paramedics are using it more and more to bring addicts back from the brink.
The PSNI have said "any decision must consider a range of factors, and consider extensive consultation with their partners".
The need for it has been reflected by one addict's story. She was given the antidote five times in one night.
Our correspondent Sharon O'Neill spoke to her. Her name has been hidden to protect her identity.
A spokesperson from the Welcome Centre has applauded the decision, saying the move would save lives.
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