Ohio officials offering drug antidote rebates to first responders, officers

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP): State officials are alerting Ohio law enforcement agencies, local health departments and first responders to the availability of a drug overdose antidote.

Ohio recently extended a deal with the maker of naloxone to provide rebates to public agencies that buy the life-saving drug.

California-based Amphastar Pharmaceuticals Inc. is providing a $6 rebate for each naloxone syringe bought by a non-federal public entity in Ohio over the next 12 months.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s office joined several state agencies to host a phone bank on Thursday. Callers were spreading the word about the cost savings to 967 police departments statewide.

A record 2,482 people in Ohio died from accidental overdoses in 2014.

State public safety officials have said naloxone was administered more than 16,000 times in Ohio in 2015.

 

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