TERRE HAUTE, Ind (WTWO/WAWV) — “The numbers obviously started out small because we weren’t seeing that many being taken, said Tasha Newcomb, Chief of Deputy Addiction Services at Hamilton Center.

However, Newcomb says there was a significant number of people utilizing the Naloxone out of the new Naloxbox within the first month.

“In the month of April we distributed 31 doses of naloxone out of our naloxbox,” said Newcomb.

Newcomb says addiction services plans to provide more doses to the community as the need continues to increase.

“We just monitor it daily, keep track of how many we used that week, and base the number we order off of that,” added Newcomb.

Terre haute EMS Chief Kevin Kull says the percentage of Narcan the department has had to administer to the community has increased as well.

“This year so far we have 29 interactions where the patients have not been breathing and we’ve had to administer Narcan 40 times,” said Kull.

Kull says between April 4th and April 18th a notable spike occurred.

“Drug use and drug abuse is actually turning a new corner now to where they’re actually mixing with horse tranquilizers and unfortunately that is a deadly cocktail,” said Kull.

Kull fears the increased narcan usage may lead to limited access in the future.

“The unfortunate things is Ifeel like eventually there’s going to be a national shortage. We are already experiencing difficulty getting some drugs because of the plastic containers,” stated Kull.