Hancock County announces county-wide heroin antitode program

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HANCOCK COUNTY, Ind. (May 8, 2015)– The Hancock County Sheriff’s Department announced Friday the county will be the first in the state to make Narcan available to police county-wide.

Narcan is an antidote to opioids like Heroin which is a growing problem in central Indiana. Hancock County has seen three Heroin related death in the last two years, and law enforcement officials fear it will only get worse.

“We hope to have it in every vehicle that’s on the road,” said Cushing.

Buying Narcan isn’t cheap. Deputy Mike Cushing told FOX59 one dose of the antidote has gone from $1 to $30.

That’s where overdose lifeline came in. The organization offered an $1,800 grant to help the county buy Narcan.

The organization was created after the overdose death of 20-year-old Aaron Sims. His brother, Brian, was at the announcement.

“I hope that more people kind of open up their eyes and not look at a drug addict as someone who lives in an alley, but just someone who is dealing with some problem in a way that is not healthy for them,” said Sims.

The doses of Narcan have already been ordered and delivered. Officers will go through a 30-minute training session to learn how to use it before carrying it with them in their vehicles.

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