Starke County Emergency Responders Receive Overdose Training

Naloxone kitStarke County Emergency responders are now better equipped to deliver treatment to possible overdose victims.

According to Starke County Sheriff Bill Dulin, deputies, EMT’s, and firefighters attended training earlier this month to administer Naloxone. The product is considered to be a fast-acting measure to help reverse the affects of drug overdose.

It has shown to be effective combating heroin, but is also effective against prescription painkillers such as Vicodin, Oxycontin, Percocet, and Morphine. LaPorte County recently experienced its first successful case of drug overdose where Naloxone was shown effective.

Drug misuse has become a leading cause of accidental death in the Hoosier State.

The training took place at the Starke County Justice Center. According to information released from the Sheriff’s Office, the Naloxone rescue kits were provided by IU Health Starke Hospital, Porter Starke Services, and Moving Starke County Forward.