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Narcan Prices, Overdose Numbers Going Up in St. Louis

March 19, 2018 - 8:38 am
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - The cost of reviving overdose victims is rising in the city of St. Louis.

Fire Chief Dennis Jenkerson, who oversees the ambulance crews, says the drug that can bring people back from the edge of death, Narcan, is not cheap.

“It’s costing us a lot money. It’s not only the amount of overdoses going up, so is the cost of the drugs that we provide. It’s one of the expensive, costly parts of my budget right now,” he says.  

Jenkerson says five years ago, the department was spending less than $10,000 a year in taxpayer money on NARCAN, but now it's $50,000 a year and rising.  Jenkerson says he's working with the Health Department to create a program for overdose victims so the same people don't keep overdosing three and four times.

“Trying to reduce these costs and also trying to reduce the amount of second and third and fourth time overdose patients,” he says.