Attorney General Greg Zoeller is granting $127,000 to counties in south central Indiana to train and equip law enforcement officers with the heroin overdose antidote naloxone. The awards will be sent to three non-profit organizations. Those organizations will train law enforcement officers on how to use naloxone and then equip the officers with naloxone.
Over 3,500 kits are planned for distribution in Monroe, Brown, Lawrence and Jackson Counties.
“I think the key now is to recognize we’re in crisis mode. This is an emergency grant that we’re producing,” Zoeller said. “We’re trying to speed as much of this as we can. Quite frankly, we’re just trying to save lives at this point.”
Heroin overdoses have been increasing in Indiana. The Indiana State Department of Health links opioid overdoses to over 1,000 deaths in 2014.
The attorney general stated he believed the situation was “going to get worse before it gets better.”
On Wednesday, Zoeller visited a naloxone training session for Indiana University, Ellettsville and the Bloomington Police Departments.
The Attorney General did not give a specific date for when the money would be put into operation, but said he expects it will be released soon.