Ohio Councilman Proposes Minimizing Naloxone Costs by Limiting Availability
Middletown, Ohio, proposes minimizing its naloxone costs by effectively limiting the availability to two doses per person, under certain conditions.
By Hilary Golston
MIDDLETOWN - A controversial plan pitched by a city councilman in Middletown, Ohio near Cincinnati, would prevent people from getting city-dispatched services if it’s the third time emergency crews have been called out for help because of an opioid overdose under certain conditions.
Councilman Dan Picard proposed the plan, after he claims the city had spent $100,000 on the lifesaving drug Naloxone, which is more commonly known as the brand name Narcan.
According to the National Institute of Health, Naloxone is a “medication designed to rapidly reverse opioid overdose.”
Picard’s plan would prevent dispatching to an overdose when the person has been provided ‘Narcan’ in two overdoses before and has not complete community service for the equivalent amount of money used on the life-saving response.
“If the dispatcher determines that the person whose overdosed is somebody’s that’s been part of this program for two previous overdoses and has not completed community service and has not cooperated in the program, then we wouldn’t dispatch,” Picard said.