Lee County first responders to get donated overdose antidote

DIXON, Ill. (AP) — Supplies of a nasal spray version of an opioid overdose antidote are being made available to law enforcement agencies and health workers in Lee County.

The Dixon Telegraph reports the Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative is joining Ireland-based Adapt Pharma to make 10,000 doses of Narcan nasal spray available in the northern Illinois county.

Narcan is a brand-name version of naloxone, which is used to revive people who’ve stopped breathing because of an overdose of heroin or prescription opioid painkillers.

Prices of Narcan have increased from $18 to $80. The donated supplies are expected to arrive next month.

Increasing access to naloxone has become a key tool in efforts to curb overdoses across the nation.