Courier-Journal on 01/08/2016 by Lexy Gross
Police and first responders in Clark and Scott counties will soon be equipped with a drug that can reverse potentially fatal opioid and heroin overdoses.
Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller announced more than $127,000 in grants to purchase 3,500 antidote kits for first responders statewide. Clark County will receive about 150 of those kits by June to distribute to local law enforcement.
The kits will contain an internasal form of naloxone, which can temporarily reverse the effects of an overdose.
Zoeller highlighted the increase in opioid and heroin-related overdose deaths in Indiana, and said he hopes to get naloxone into the hands of as many first responders as possible.
“You can’t get people into treatment if you can’t save their lives,” Zoeller said Thursday.
The grant money will be used to supply the naloxone kits and train first responders. Overdose Lifeline will provide the kits to LifeSpring Health Systems in Jeffersonville, which will be responsible for distributing them to law enforcement. LifeSpring Health Systems is the only provider of naloxone registered in Clark County by the state health department.
Overdose Lifeline received the bulk of the statewide award at $75,000. The organization is one of three providers of the program and will serve 12 counties in Indiana.