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Officers Learn How To Give Naloxone Shots

Naloxone

Several local police departments will soon be armed with an overdose intervention drug that the Attorney General’s office says has saved at least 173 lives in Indiana.

Naloxone halts the effects of an opioid overdose.

Officers from the Monroe County, Indiana University and Ellettsville police departments learned how to administer the drug during a training session at the IU police department Wednesday night.

Donna Purviance, a doctor-certified nurse practitioner who teachers police departments how to use Naloxone, says all first responders should be carrying the drug.

"To be bluntly honest this medication is so safe it will someday be over the counter and you won’t require a prescription," she says. "It’s that safe."

Many parts of Indiana have witnessed an increasing number of heroin-related overdoses in recent months, which has prompted lawmakers to pass legislation expanding access to Naloxone.

According to a report from the Centers for Disease Control released this summer, in just more than a decade, the heroin-related overdose death rate skyrocketed 286 percent.

Attorney General Greg Zoeller’s office is using a $1.3 million settlement with a drug company to distribute Naloxone kits to agencies that need them.

Zoeller will announce the recipients of some of that funding in Bloomington Thursday afternoon.

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