Many first responders carry the overdose intervention drug naloxone, but when multiple overdoses occur in a short amount of time, it's common to run out.
The county health department will work with the Indiana Recovery Alliance to fund and operate the program, which will consist of a mobile unit.
The Comprehensive Addiction Treatment and Recovery Act is designed to funnel funds to states for opioid addiction treatment.
Watch or listen to the documentary Finding the Fix: Heroin's Hold on the Heartland 8 p.m. Thursday night on WTIU and WFIU.
Last week, officers in Columbus responded to nine heroin overdoses within a few days.
Even though state-approved syringe exchange programs were made legal last year, the state doesn’t offer assistance to those programs.
The arrests appear to be tied to a rash of overdoses in the greater-Cincinnati area at the end of August, when more than 175 people overdosed on heroin.
A potential alert system would quickly distribute information across state lines about new drug dangers as they happen.
Dealers sometimes cut heroin with synthetic opioids, which are cheaper and faster to get out on the streets. They're also much more potent than heroin.
Tobacco use costs taxpayers, healthcare providers and employers $6.8 billion each year. The cost for opioid overdose deaths was $1.4 billion in 2014.