Council member proposes 'three strike' policy for administering Narcan
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — A town in Ohio has their own proposal for dealing with heroin overdoses.
According to WLWT5, the town of Middletown is considering whether they should give addicts three strikes before they're not provided Narcan.
Last year, Middletown reported 532 overdoses. So far, only halfway through 2017, they've already recorded 577.
In 2016, the department reported they spent more than $11,000 on Narcan. Already this year, $30,000 out of the budget has been spent on it.
As death tolls rise, leaders are more frustrated than ever. Last year, there were 74 recorded deaths. So far this year, there are 51.
City council member Dan Picard is proposing a three strikes system. After the first two overdose rescues, the person must perform community service for the equivalent amount of money used on the lifesaving response.
In Picard's proposed plan, when a call comes in and the unresponsive person hasn't finished their community service, then the department wouldn't dispatch.
The fire department said they are required by law to provide Narcan if they do respond to an overdose.
Until legal advisers take a look at the plan proposed, the fire department is applying for grants and accepting donations to fund more Narcan in Middletown.