Officials are attributing a recent string of overdoses throughout Indiana, Cincinnati, and Kentucky to a powerful opioid 50 to 100 times stronger than heroin.
Tuesday's overdoses sent deputies to numerous homes in the county to administer an anti-overdose drug to victims.
The barriers to obtaining the overdose intervention drug have been falling throughout the last decade.
Kyle Treber brought the prescription painkiller Oxycodone to a June 2015 party in Granger. Two brothers were found dead the next day.
Naloxone immediately halts the effects of an opioid overdose. But people still need a doctor’s prescription to get the drug.
In the past week, there have been three suspected heroin overdoses in Bartholomew County.
Stores in Ohio and Indiana will now sell the drug over-the-counter. Walgreens has made a commitment to do the same in 35 states and the District of Columbia.
Many pharmacies across the state are not stocking the heroin overdose drug naloxone.
In just the past month alone, 15 people have died from heroin overdoses in Hamilton County.
Parts of Indiana have witnessed an increasing number of heroin overdoses in recent months.