August 31, 2016

State Health Dept. To Give Naloxone To 20 Counties

The ISDH offers an interactive map to find organizations that distribute naloxone to community members. - James Vavrek

The ISDH offers an interactive map to find organizations that distribute naloxone to community members.

James Vavrek

The Indiana State Health Department announced Tuesday it will distribute more than $150,000 worth of opioid overdose-intervention drug naloxone to Indiana county health departments.

Community members will be able to go to the local health department to get training on how to administer naloxone and receive a free dose. ISDH will give more than 3,400 kits to 20 counties.

“These rescue kits will give local health departments the tools they need to protect lives in their communities and will give individuals struggling with substance use disorder the second chance they need to get on a path to recovery,” said State Health Commissioner Jerome Adams in a statement.

Five of the six counties with state-approved syringe exchange programs are among the recipients: Clark, Fayette, Scott, Monroe and Madison.

According to the statement, Indiana saw 170 heroin overdose deaths in 2014, compared to 54 heroin overdose deaths in 2010.

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