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Indiana Receives Federal Money To Fight Opioid Abuse

Mar 23, 2016
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Four Indiana health centers will receive more than one-and-a-half million dollars in federal funding to address heroin and opioid abuse.

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Drug overdose deaths have been on the rise in Indiana and across the country over the last several years, mainly at the hands of opioids. 

Lisa Ryan, WBOI News

Nalaxone, also known as Narcan, is a prescription drug that can save a person’s life if they are overdosing on opiates like heroin. A bill passed this year by the Indiana General Assembly allows first responders in Indiana to use the drug.

The Fort Wayne Fire Department and EMS have used Narcan on more than 100 overdose patients.

  Rick Machinski is a firefighter at Station 7 in Fort Wayne. He administered Narcan a week ago and thinks it helped save the person’s life.

Heroin Use Spikes in Indiana and Around the Country

Jul 9, 2015
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The face of heroin use is changing, and the number of people using the drug is soaring, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control.

The report hits hard in Indiana, where several parts of the state have witnessed an increasing number of heroin-related overdoses.

The CDC’s report shows a jump in heroin use among most demographic groups, and it reveals a 286 percent increase in heroin overdose deaths in just over a decade.

As prescription drugs become more difficult to get, more drug users have turned to heroin, which is cheaper and easier to find.