Cost of life-saving heroin antidote spirals up in our area

Published: May. 17, 2017 at 6:05 PM EDT
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Five years ago, Lucas County used 30 doses of Narcan every 45 days, now it's 600.

Narcan is the heroin anti-dote drug that brings heroin addicts back to life after the drug stops their respiratory function. That is roughly a 1,000 percent increase.

The cost for the same comparison: Just over $1,000 five years ago, and $21,000.00 now.

Toledo Firefighter Sterling Rahe says the increase reflects the growing numbers of the heroin epidemic and the intensity of the problem.

"We're also seen how powerful these drugs are, the heroin that is cut with Fentanyl and Carfentanyl" says Rahe. "It used to take us 2 milligrams and our patients would wake up from that, now it can take up to 10 doses per patient to save their life."