Indiana Naloxone Project brings training to police and jail officers

Herald Times on 1/7/2016 by Abby Tonsing


If there was an auto-injector pen that could save a person’s life in a car accident, everyone would carry one.

Remove the stigma of addiction, and naloxone is that antidote to heroin and opioid drug overdoses, Christopher Abert, of the Indiana Recovery Alliance, told a room full of police officers at the Indiana University Police Department station on Bloomington’s campus.

Neurosurgical nurse Donna Purviance agreed. “If somebody’s in trouble, you’ve got to help them. Because this is a disease.”

Local police officers and jail officers received training in how to administer naloxone in its nasal spray form Wednesday evening during a presentation by the Indiana Attorney General’s Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Task Force.

At about the same time, police officers and paramedics out in the field used Narcan, a brand name for naloxone, to revive two people who had overdosed on heroin. The heroin overdoses happened about 30 minutes apart Wednesday evening.

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