Indiana invests $ 1.three million in distribution of life-saving naloxone

Posted: Aug 5, 2021 / 7:55 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 5, 2021 / 7:55 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (WANE) – On Thursday, Governor Eric J. Holcomb and the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration announced that the state would fund a $ 1.3 million distribution of the opioid reversal drug, naloxone, to ensure that the drug reaches Hoosiers who are at risk of overdose.

“Each dose of naloxone represents another life that could be saved and another opportunity to include people with addictions in treatment,” said Governor Holcomb. “The effects of COVID-19 continue and now, more than ever, we need to make treatments like naloxone available to any hoosier who might encounter a person with an overdose.”

According to preliminary data released in July by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Indiana reported a 33% increase in fatal overdoses in 2020.

Naloxone, also known as Narcan, is a drug approved for preventing opioid overdose. Naloxone is given when a person shows signs of opioid overdose to block the toxic effects of the overdose and is often the difference between a patient’s life and death.

Overdose Lifeline, Inc., an Indiana nonprofit dedicated to helping those affected through advocacy, harm reduction, and prevention, will distribute 35,000 doses of naloxone to first responders, families, friends, and others who will likely be the first on the scene to when someone overdoses. The organization also intends to purchase and place 215 additional NaloxBox units across the state and fund other harm reduction strategies.

The funds were provided by the state opioid response grant of the FSSA’s Mental Health and Addiction Department, the Office of Governor Eric Holcomb said.

“The grassroots ability to distribute it removes the barriers to getting this life-saving drug into the hands of those who need it most,” said Justin Phillips, Founder of Overdose Lifeline, Inc. “Overdose Lifeline, Inc. is Governor Holcomb incredibly grateful for continuing to invest in the life of Hoosiers with an addictive disorder. “

This is the state’s third investment in naloxone distribution since May 2020, when Governor Holcomb announced a $ 1 million investment in 25,000 doses amid the COVID-19 pandemic. This is on top of the 28,200 doses of naloxone distributed by the Indiana Department of Health in 2020. In February 2021, Governor Holcomb announced that the state would work with Overdose Lifeline, Inc. to place 215 NaloxBox units nationwide.

The Office of Governor Eric Holcomb announced that Overdose Lifeline, Inc. and the Indiana Department of Health distributed more than 40,900 doses of naloxone to individuals, first responders, local health officials and other sales organizations this year.

First responders, families, caregivers, and others who wish to receive naloxone can register online at overdoselifeline.org. For a list of resources related to naloxone, see the Indiana Department of Health website at optin.in.gov.

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