Those interested in obtaining the overdose reversal drug Narcan continue to have resources available. Over the past year, the Marshall and Pulaski county health departments have offered training events for the public.Continue reading
The West Central School Board may opt to keep the opiate reversal drug Narcan on hand at the school corporation.Continue reading
A report of a possible overdose led to the arrest of a North Judson woman Monday night. It happened around 8:30 p.m. at a home in the 7000 block of South County Road 100 West, according to the Starke County Sheriff’s Office.Continue reading
Within the last 5 years or so, accidental drug overdoses have replaced car accidents as the leading cause of death among adults in the U.S.
That means people are more likely to encounter an overdose victim who needs first aid assistance rather than someone who’s had a stroke, heart attack or been injured in a motor vehicle crash.
A group of community members gathered at the Henry F. Schricker Public Library Monday night to learn skills that could help them save a life.Continue reading
Battling Pulaski County’s drug epidemic is not a cheap proposition, according to Sheriff Jeff Richwine. “You’re looking at, I think, one of the worst drug epidemics that we’ve seen,” he told the county council Monday. “And I lived through the ’60s and ’70s, and I don’t think it’s nothing to what you’re seeing now.”Continue reading
A few chances to learn to use the potentially life-saving drug Narcan are being offered by the Marshall County Health Department this week. Training sessions will be held today at 11:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. at the Community Resource Center in Plymouth. Health board member Tracy Fox told the Culver Town Council last week that a third training has been scheduled for this Thursday at 5:00 p.m. at the Culver Beach Lodge.
The Oregon-Davis School Board members approved a policy that outlines the proper administration of NARCAN.
The Starke County EMS staff is learning how to use their new software.
EMS Director Travis Clary told the commissioners this week that they met with Health EMS officials on Friday to go over the new report writing software. The new software will allow the office to report required statistics to the state. The previous software was no longer compliant in this capacity.
First responders in Marshall, Starke, and Pulaski counties will be able to get more Narcan kits. The Indiana State Department of Health has awarded a total of $127,000 to 95 first responder agencies in 34 rural counties. That will cover the cost of nearly 3,400 Narcan kits, training for first responders, and expanding referrals to treatment and recovery options.
North Judson Police Chief Kelly Fisher reported that merely two days after completing Narcan training, one officer with the North Judson Police department has already used the life-saving skills that he acquired.
Fisher said that earlier this week, the department received some Narcan kits and the training required to use them from Starke County Public Health Nurse Frank Lynch. They completed the training on Tuesday. Around 6 p.m. Thursday night, Officer Rico Simpson was dispatched on a call about non-responsive overdose victim. He utilized Narcan, also known as Naloxone, and the individual was resuscitated. Continue reading
Opioid-antidote Narcan is having an impact on the number of overdose deaths. According to the Indiana State Department of Health’s winter newsletter, the rate of unintentional drug poisoning deaths increased by nearly 900 percent from 1999 to 2015. In 2016, over 1,800 Hoosiers died from drug poisoning, mainly from opioids.
A sergeant with the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office is being recognized for saving the life of an overdose victim in Clinton County last month.
Starke County first responders had an emergency of their own after running out of Narcan to assist in five apparent heroin overdose cases in a six-hour span on Saturday.
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According to the Starke County Sheriff’s Office, a heroin overdose was called into the dispatch center on Saturday at 9:20 a.m. Two men were found after responders had to breach a door in order to get inside to tend to them. One was found unconscious on the floor and another on a bed inside the home in the 400 E. block of 200 S. Starke County medics were able to revive the man on the floor using heroin antidote, Narcan.
Two people are dead and one person was hospitalized after a series of weekend drug overdoses in southern LaPorte County.
The West Central School Corporation is seeing a $15,000 reduction in its Title I grant. The money benefits Title I programs and events like “Muffins with Mom,” “Donuts with Dad,” and “Family Literacy Night.” Continue reading
The North Judson-Wayne Township Fire Department is no closer to figuring out whether it can legally administer the opioid antidote Narcan. While the fire department is getting more and more drug overdose calls, firefighters have stopped carrying Narcan, since the department is not technically licensed to carry medication.
A recovering addict from the North Judson area wants to make Narcan more widely available in Starke County, so local residents can live to have a chance at recovery. Kevin Glisic says he was an active addict for nearly 20 years. Now, he serves as the executive director of Moraine House, a recovery-based transitional house in Valparaiso.
Drug abuse is costing Pulaski County. Circuit Judge Michael Shurn told the county council Monday that drug-related cases are a big concern. Continue reading
Starke County has moved up slightly in annual health rankings, but it’s still toward the bottom. The County Health Rankings, which are put together each year by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin’s Population Health Institute, were released Wednesday. Continue reading
Heroin overdose cases continue to add up this weekend in LaPorte County, claiming two lives in the process. Continue reading