TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) – For nearly 20 years, Tippecanoe County emergency crews have been equipped with Naloxone, which reverses drug overdoses.
“It’s been during the past two or three years that we’ve obviously used it as much as we are,” said Darrell Clase, director of Tippecanoe County’s Emergency Ambulance Services.
He said more than a dozen people have already died this year from heroin or other opioid overdoses.
“Right now, statistically we’re on track for almost one overdose a day,” Clase explained.
On Wednesday, Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller announced a $400,000 grant in Indiana to help fight this growing problem.
“This has to be a part of the budget,” Zoeller explained. “We need this in every city and in every municipal law enforcement agency and in every county. So, this definitely needs to be a priority.”
While Clase said it’s unclear how much would be allocated to Tippecanoe County, he said thankfully they haven’t seen a shortage of Naloxone in Tippecanoe County. However, he said every effort helps.
“I think it’s a step in the right direction,” Clase explained. “It’s common knowledge to everyone right now that opioid overdoses, or heroin overdoses, are on a significant rise throughout not only our county but throughout the state in general.”
Clase said each Naloxone kit costs anywhere from $50-$60.