Lake County sheriff's police start carrying OD antidote

Naloxone kits include the overdose-counteracting drug and a nasal delivery device.

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INDIANAPOLIS — Attorney General Greg Zoeller is using $400,000 in state fine revenue to provide police across Indiana an antidote medication that revives drug users who have overdosed on heroin or prescription opioids.

The money is expected to purchase about 7,000 doses of naloxone, which police agencies can request through Overdose Lifeline Inc., an Indianapolis-based provider of naloxone inhalers and training.

"I'm proud of the men and women in law enforcement who have always been there to serve and protect us, but now take on this new role of saving lives as first responders during this opioid epidemic," Zoeller said.

State law also permits individual Hoosiers to purchase naloxone at pharmacies without a prescription.

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Dan is Statehouse Bureau Chief for The Times. Since 2009, he's reported on Indiana government and politics — and how both impact the Region — from the state capital in Indianapolis. He originally is from Orland Park, Ill.