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Sheriff's Department Looks Into Heroin Antidote

Heroin use is on the rise across the country and officials say the Wabash Valley is no exception. Chief Deputy Clark Cottom says the Sheriff's Department is looking into purchasing an antidote that could counteract a heroin overdose.
Heroin use is on the rise across the country and officials say the Wabash Valley is no exception. Local law enforcement is looking into a new way to fight the drug.

There's an antidote that can reverse the effects of a heroin overdose. The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department will begin training on how to use the drug later this month. Now the Vigo County Sheriff's Department is looking into buying it, too. Vigo County Chief Deputy Clark Cottom says the antidote costs just $25 a dose. With heroin on the rise in the Wabash Valley, Cottom says the Sheriff's Department is looking to take the next step to keep people safe.

"We actually contacted the county health officer and our local EMA and we are actually going to take a serous look at getting it and putting it in place. As the cases increase with the heroin abuse so are the cases of people being injured or their life on the line," said Cottom.
  
So far this year, EMS crews in Indianapolis have used the antidote 76 times.



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