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Anti-heroin group gives away free Narcan

The drug is normally used by police and emergency personnel to reverse the effects of an opiate overdose but now it is in high demand among addicts and their families. (Source: Lisa Hutson, FOX19 NOW) The drug is normally used by police and emergency personnel to reverse the effects of an opiate overdose but now it is in high demand among addicts and their families. (Source: Lisa Hutson, FOX19 NOW)
CLERMONT COUNTY, OH (FOX19) - It's been called the miracle drug and dozens of Clermont County families have their hands on it after an event Thursday night.

Prevention Connection Get Together sponsored by Clermont County Against Heroin gave away free Narcan kits in an effort to fight the heroin epidemic.

"It doesn't leave your mind. It's always there. You always worry,” said Charlene Harris, a mother to three heroin addicts. "These drugs, it's like taken total control of their bodies, of their mind.”

While heroin is sending thousands to the grave, Narcan is bringing them back. The drug is normally used by police and emergency personnel to reverse the effects of an opiate overdose but now it is in high demand among addicts and their families.

Doctors say Narcan only has affects those in the middle of an opiate overdose and is not harmful if used by mistake. The drug is available in a nasal spray and can revive addicts within seconds.


Todd Tudor, a nurse manager at the Clermont Recovery Center brought 66 free Narcan kits to the Prevention Connection Get Together at Pattison Lodge in Batavia in hopes of giving them to families in need. Tudor says while grant money to purchase the kits helped, the life-saving drug is not cheap.

"In the last year, Narcan had doubled in the price that I pay for it. I started out at $57 roughly about a year ago. Now I'm paying about $99 for it,” said Tudor

Some say handing out Narcan only creates more addicts but for those touched by heroin, saving a life is better than losing one.

"If you have to bring somebody back 8 times and on the 8th time, they finally decide this is the time they want to get better hallelujah they decided to get better. We will never know if they got better, if their lives evolved. They are here to do great things. They are just sick and they need to get well,” said Melissa Kaetzlcole.

Right now in Kentucky you can buy Narcan over the counter without a prescription. It's something Ohio is looking into as well. Narcan advocates say the more available the drug is the more lives could be saved.
 
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