DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Local law enforcement groups are picking up a new tool in the fight against heroin, and it could also help save lives as well.
The new tool is actually a new drug. It’s called a narcam kit and they cost about $22 each.
Soon the Dayton Police Department will have use of them, thanks your tax dollars through a recent metal health levy passed in Montgomery county.
The Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services also known as ADAMHS is buying 470 kits aimed at turning around the heroin epidemic.
The kit uses the drug called naloxone. It is kind of like an epipen but actually a nasal mist to treat people in an overdose situation.
“It goes right up through the nostral and pushes the opiates off the brain receptor to help the person coming out of the overdose,” explained Andrea Hoff, Director of Community Engagement Division, ADAMHS.
“This is just one way the Dayton Police Department is hoping to combat that, hopefully save lives and give people a chance to turn their lives around,” said Lt. Joe Wiesman of the Dayton Police Dept.
Mental health experts say there are no side effects and the drug won’t hurt anyone, even if they are not having an overdose.