A wave of heroin overdoses in Starke County have forced emergency responders to re-evaluate the amount of Narcan they need to keep on-hand.
Starke County saw seven heroin overdoses in just six hours on Sept. 23. The county’s EMS Director Travis Clary tells ABC 57 that he had to make an emergency run for additional Narcan.
That day saw three men overdose on East South Street in Knox, another man and a girl overdose less than two miles away on Heaton Street, and two other overdose cases showed up at I-U Starke Hospital during the day. They still had Narcan on-hand, but in case there were other incidents over the weekend, the county had to restock.
The seven overdoses on Sept. 23 brought the year’s total to at least 24, six of them fatal. The total is already higher than for all of 2016.