Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb announced May 18 that his state will provide nearly $1 million in funds to distribute naloxone.
Funded through the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration with money from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s state opioid response grant, more than 25,000 doses of the opioid reversal agent would be distributed by Overdose Lifeline, Inc., an Indiana non-profit that works with families and communities affected by substance use disorder. The agency will give doses of naloxone to first responders, families, friends, and others who are likely to be first on the scene if someone overdoses.
“In the face of COVID-19, it’s even more imperative that we provide resources and support for people with substance use disorders,” Gov. Holcomb said. “Making potentially lifesaving treatments more readily available is one of the top ways we can address this crisis.”
While local health departments may be registered to dispense the drug, they may bee experiencing limited access to the drug due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Through the partnership with Overdose Lifeline, Inc., the state can free up local health department resources to focus on the pandemic instead.
“The beauty of Overdose Lifeline, Inc. is our ability to get naloxone into the hands of people across the state without any barriers,” said Justin Phillips, founder of Overdose Lifeline, Inc. “We understand this overdose reversal drug can be costly for people. This distribution of naloxone will lift that burden off Hoosiers across the state.”