Naloxone use on the rise in Indiana

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Ind. (WEHT) — Use of Naloxone, the fast-acting antidote for opiate overdoses, has risen substantially in Indiana.

Dr. Jennifer Sullivan of the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration said more Naloxone was used in April 2020 than in any previous month in state history.

She said the drug was used 1,306 times. Almost 1.5% of all EMS runs in the state now involve Naloxone; that number was under 1% at this time last year.

“We know that Naloxone is the only tool that provides individuals with opiate use disorder another chance at recovery. We have not forgotten about these Hoosiers. The epidemic of substance abuse disorder is one of our pillars,” Sullivan said.

Sullivan said the state is providing $1 million to fund Naloxone kits directly to the public. First responders can get free Naloxone through health departments.

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(This story was originally published on May 28, 2020)

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