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In Prince George's County, Md., every first responder carries naloxone, the drug that can reverse an opioid overdose.

"We carry it in our first-in bags," says Bryan Spies, the county's battalion chief in charge of emergency services. "So whenever we arrive at a patient's side, it's in the bag, along with things like glucose, aspirin and oxygen."

A new study shows some people are still afraid to call 911 when helping an overdose victim, despite an Indiana law that permits friends and bystanders to administer the overdose antidote naloxone.

More than a quarter of people surveyed by two researchers at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis said they didn’t call 911 at the scene of an overdose for fear of arrest.

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In June, Middletown, Ohio, council member Dan Picard suggested that every time an ambulance responds to a drug overdose, the receiving patient be required to pay for the cost by performing community service. If that person experiences more than two overdoses but have not completed their community service, the 911 dispatcher will not send an ambulance.

UPDATE: County Reverses No-Naloxone Policy After Supply Restocked

Jul 13, 2017
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The Monroe County, Indiana Sheriff’s Department says it will continue to administer the overdose antidote Naloxone when responding to emergency calls after receiving an additional 100 doses from the county health department.

Indiana County Places Moratorium On Using Opioid Antidote Due To Low Supply

Jul 11, 2017
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UPDATE: The Monroe County sheriff has reversed its directive after receiving dozens doses of naloxone from the c0unty health department. Read more here.

An Indiana county sheriff says officers will no longer use the overdose antidote naloxone when responding to emergency calls because of the department’s low supply.

As Opioids Mix, More Naloxone Needed To Stop Overdoses

May 31, 2017
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The overdose reversal drug naloxone is in high demand across Indiana. But the state is now seeing more mixes of opioids causing overdoses. That’s leading first responders to go through their supplies more quickly.

Overdoses caused by multiple types of opioids require larger or repeated doses of naloxone.

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NC Pharmacists To Make Choices With New Naloxone Order

Jul 5, 2016
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In 2014, nearly 1,200 people in North Carolina died from accidental opioid drug overdoses.

Every one of them could still be alive today, said Rick Brajer, Health and Human Services secretary, if they had had access to something to reverse their overdoses.

Walgreens Offers Naloxone Over-The-Counter In Indiana And Ohio

Feb 26, 2016
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Walgreens Monday announced it will offer over-the-counter distribution of the opioid overdose drug naloxone in all its stores in Indiana and Ohio.

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Though no one has tracked national numbers, overdoses in schools appear to be rare. Still, a high-profile foundation is partnering with a pharmaceutical company to make sure school nurses are prepared for the worst.

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