- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 1, 2015

DECATUR, Ill. (AP) - Sheriff’s deputies in Macon County in central Illinois are learning to save lives by administering a medicine that reverses the effects of heroin and other opioid drugs.

The (Decatur) Herald-Review reports (https://bit.ly/1Jv2rn3) the county’s patrol units will soon carry life-saving kits to address the growing problem of heroin overdose.

The kits are equipped with naloxone, better known by its brand name, Narcan. They were donated by the Mount Zion-based Tyler Yount Foundation. The foundation is a not-for-profit organization started by Kathy Burkham, whose 23-year-old son died of an accidental heroin overdose.

Heritage Behavioral Health and St. Mary’s Hospital supported the donation of the overdose kits. Each kit costs about $50.

Sgt. Ron Atkins attended a recent 30-minute training session and says the system is easy to use.


Information from: Herald & Review, https://www.herald-review.com

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