INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officers went through training on Wednesday on how to save those that overdose on heroin.
Last year, 95 people in Indianapolis died from a heroin overdose that has nearly doubled since 2011.
“We are in an epidemic so it is a big problem,” said Dr. Dan O’Donnell, Indianapolis EMS deputy. “We need to do something to save lives because we are seeing an issue.”
The dangerous drug took nearly 100 lives in Indianapolis last year. Wednesday morning, Southwest District officers sat through a 30 minute training session. Those officers will soon start carrying the medication Narcan. That medication temporarily reverses the effects of a heroin overdose.
Officers will use the drug, which is attached to an inhaler, on the scene of a heroin overdose if medics have not yet arrived. Indianapolis Emergency Medical Services (EMS) conducted the training. In 2013, EMS crews in Indianapolis used Narcan 629 times. Four months into the year, it’s been used 41 times.
Darrell Lovett has been clean for nine months after battling a heroin addiction for 29 years. Lovett sought help from Fairbanks to battle his addiction. Fairbanks is a nonprofit organization that focuses on recovery from alcohol and other drug problems.
He applauds IMPD’s efforts, but he would like to see more awareness on the dangers of heroin.
“More emphasis needs to be put on how dangerous the drug is,” said Lovett. “ It only takes just one time. It’s just that powerful.”
If you would like to learn more information about drug rehabs here locally log onto www.fairbankscd.org.
The website recovery.org also lists a number of Indiana alcohol and drug addiction recovery centers.