If you think heroin use doesn’t affect you-think again.
ABC 6 visited Hazel’s House to discuss the antidote to heroin. The reality is people are dying every day from heroin. According to the Ohio Department of Health on average 5 people a day die from drug overdoses.
Cindi Gremling, Hazel’s House of Hope founder comments on the Governors bill easing restrictions on Narcan.
Drug overdoses are associated with high direct and indirect costs. Unintentional fatal drug overdoses cost Ohioans $2.0 billion in 2012 in medical and work loss costs; while non-fatal, hospital-admitted drug poisonings cost an additional $39.1 million. The total cost equaled an average of $5.4 million each day in medical and work loss costs in Ohio.
Heroin is no longer just in urban areas, it’s in ALL areas. It doesn’t discriminate according to race, income or social status.
Pharmacists can now give people a heroin antidote without a prescription.
Governor John Kasich signed a bill Friday easing the restrictions on the drug Naloxone, also known as Narcan. People who help addicts said they have been trying to get better access to the antidote.
“If we had the shot (of Narcan), we would have been able to save a life,” said Cindi Gremling, who runs Hazel’s House in East Columbus, a safe place for addicts. “It’s something we would keep in all of our houses.”
People who have family members hooked on heroin have said they want easier access to help their struggling loved ones.
Watch how this family shared their struggle. Let’s step up the war on drugs. Who’s with me?