Starke County officials re-evaluating Narcan supply after overdose outbreak

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.

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Narcan is just a "junkie's" reward that allows their heroin use to continue! October 6, 2017 at 9:36 am

These drug users pay for the Narcan that keeps saving their lives I’m sure. Oh wait…They can’t afford it because they probably don’t work and need all the money they get from robbing to buy and use more heroin. I am all for helping but when help becomes the daily routine it is time to reconsider how we help. How about 1 dose of Narcan per junkie in a 5 year period. Beyond that maybe we can all pitch in for their funerals.


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