State invests $1.3M to provide naloxone to those at risk of drug overdoses
The state of Indiana is funding a $1.3 million distribution of the opioid reversal agent naloxone to those who are at risk of a drug overdose.
“Each dose of naloxone represents another life that could be saved and another opportunity to engage individuals with substance use disorder in treatment,” Gov. Eric Holcomb said. “The effects of COVID-19 continue to linger, and now more than ever we must make treatments like naloxone readily available to any Hoosier who may encounter an individual experiencing an overdose.”
Naloxone is given when a person is showing signs of opioid overdose to block the toxic effects of the overdose and is often the difference between a patient living and dying.
Overdose Lifeline, Inc., an Indiana nonprofit, will distribute 35,000 doses of naloxone to first responders, families, friends and others who will likely be first on scene if someone overdoses.
The group will also purchase 215 additional NaloxBox units across the state.
“The opportunity for grassroots distribution eliminates barriers to getting this life-saving medication into the hands of those who need it most,” said Justin Phillips, founder of Overdose Lifeline, Inc. “Overdose Lifeline, Inc. is incredibly grateful to Gov. Holcomb for continuing to invest in the lives of Hoosiers with substance use disorder.”
First responders, families, caregivers and other individuals who would like to receive a supply of naloxone can register online at overdoselifeline.org.
A list of resources around naloxone may be found at the Indiana Department of Health website at optin.in.gov.