Press Release from the Attorney General Zoeller's Office: AG Zoeller awards $127K in grants to fund naloxone kits, training for first responders
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Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016
AG Zoeller Awards $127K in Grants to Fund Naloxone Kits, Training for First Responders
At least 3,500 life-saving kits to be distributed statewide to agencies
INDIANAPOLIS, IND. – Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller today announced recipients of his office’s newly created grant program to train and equip more first responders with naloxone, the fast-acting antidote to overdoses of prescription opioids or heroin. Zoeller is creator and co-chair of the Indiana Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Task Force, established in 2012.
Zoeller awarded a total of $127,000 to three Indiana nonprofit organizations registered with the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) to distribute naloxone kits and provide training to first responders – Overdose Lifeline Inc., Indiana Naloxone Project, and Health and Hospital Corporation of Marion County.
As a result of the efforts of Overdose-Lifeline and our community partners, more and more Law Enforcement Agencies in Indiana are carrying the life-saving drug Naloxone (marketed under the trademark Narcan). In the weeks to come, the following law enforcement agencies will be trained and prepared to save lives with this powerful weapon against death by overdose:
Boone County Sheriff's Department
Hancock County Sheriff's Department
Whitestown Police Department
Lebanon Police Department
New Palestine Police Department
Fortville Police Department
Recently, ODL offered a presentation to the law enforcement agencies in Johnson County. Sheriff Doug Cox worked with Johnson County Memorial Hospital to secure the funding for all county Law Enforcement agencies to obtain Naloxone. A few days ago, Johnson County Sheriff's Deputy Chuck Murphy had his Naloxone training and received a Naloxone kit. 24 hours later, he found himself with a Trafalgar resident rendered unconscious by drugs. Deputy Murphy dispensed the Naloxone and brought her around. Naloxone saves lives, and every member of Law Enforcement who receives this kit and this training is in a position to give someone the most precious gift – a second chance at life.