Price of drug that stops heroin overdoses rising - KMOV.com

Price of drug that stops heroin overdoses rising

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

Experts say the rising price of the drug that stops heroin overdoses is rising, and limiting its availability to some.

Narcan is used to save the lives of those overdosing on heroin. It comes in many forms such as injection and nasal spray. The nasal spray is cheaper, but one expert says its price is also rising.

“The price for the auto injector that talks to you has gone up roughly 500 percent to the cost of $4,000 to $4,500,” said Chad Sabora with the Missouri Network for Opiate Reform and Recovery.

St. Louis County Police say they’ve used Narcan 23 times, saving 20 people. St. Louis County Police Detective Casey Lambert says other police departments have asked her about where to get Narcan. She said the rising price is having an impact on those other departments.

“The reality is that they can’t afford it. Smaller police departments can’t afford it and actually larger departments can’t afford it if we’re going to see $100 a dose,” Lambert.

Law enforcement often has to use the drug on someone multiple times because Lambert said heroin is a difficult addiction to break out of.

Sabora said he wants to continue to help those who need Narcan. He says his non-profit will still provide the drug for free.

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