- Associated Press - Thursday, September 1, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The Indiana State Department of Health is distributing opioid overdose-antidote kits to 20 county health agencies around the state.

State Health Commissioner Jerome Adams says the 3,400 kits containing the antidote naloxone cost nearly $150,000. Officials say they will help local health departments protect lives in their communities. Residents can obtain the kits and training in their use from the county health departments.

Many communities in Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia have seen spikes in drug overdoses in the past couple weeks from heroin that may have been laced with a powerful painkiller.

Counties receiving the antidote kits include five of the six where state officials have approved needle-exchange programs - Clark, Fayette, Madison, Monroe and Scott.

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will need to either create an account with Spot.im or if you wish to use your Disqus account look under the Conversation for the link "Have a Disqus Account?". Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.


Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide