Southeast Indiana Health Center Distributing Free Narcan
By Mike Perleberg
(Batesville, Ind.) – A local organization is making life-saving Narcan available to citizens.
The Southeast Indiana Health Center was established in Batesville in 2013 to provide medical care for citizens of Ripley and Franklin counties who do not have health coverage or insurance.
The center is giving away doses of Narcan – a drug which can reverse potentially fatal overdoses caused by opioid drugs – to family members and people concerned about drug abusers. SEIHC manager Paul Tyrer says people should keep a dose handy to potentially save somebody else’s life.
“You don’t just go from zero to a heroin user,” says Tyrer. “We have failed if it gets to that point.”
Tyrer says a Narcan dose typically costs $58, but SEIHC is providing them for free. The first dose will be provided with training and a few questions. Subsequent doses will require recipients to disclose how the first dose was used.
The Narcan is paid for by a grant from the Indiana State Department of Health.
“Narcan is not the answer, but a small portion of the bigger picture to solve the problem,” says Tyrer.
The Southeast Indiana Health Center is located at 920 County Line Road, part of the Batesville Area Resource Center. Individuals seeking a Narcan dose should first call the center at (812) 932-4515 to check on availability and requirements. Find more information at www.seihc.org.
There are dozens of locations across Indiana where Narcan can be obtained, including health departments, pharmacies, and non-profits. A map of locations can be found online at optin.in.gov.