Indiana’s Attorney General has named the grant recipients of his office’s newest overdose prevention program, and the results could affect a local county.
The grant funds are designed to be used to help train and equip first responders around the state with naloxone (nuh-LOCK-zone). The product is considered to be a fast-acting remedy for overdoses on prescription level opioids and heroin.
Three Indiana nonprofits received a portion of $127-thousand to distribute naloxone kits and to implement the training programs. Local law enforcement is considered by the Attorney General’s office to be the first line of defense.
Heroin and opioids are believed to be the cause of more than one-third of all overdose-related deaths in the Hoosier state.
Overdose Lifeline is receiving the bulk of the grant funding with $75-thousand. They’ve developed a list of the counties most at-risk for drug overdose. Included on that list is Pulaski County. With aid from the not-for-profit, the county could receive additional training with the administration of the combatant.
It’s estimated by the Attorney General’s office that 56 law enforcement agencies around the state have been equipped with naloxone.