Commission to Combat Drug Abuse has launched an interactive, online Naloxone
Administration Heat Map, providing insight into the location of incidents
where naloxone was administered and reported by emergency medical services
(EMS) providers throughout the state.
Also known by the
brand name Narcan¨, naloxone blocks the effects of an opioid overdose and
can save the life of the patient. After they administer naloxone, Indiana
EMS providers report to the Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS)
the locations of incidents when an overdose situation is presumed.
“Naloxone is a
proven life-saver,” said Jim McClelland, executive director for Drug
Prevention, Treatment and Enforcement. “This map gives first responders a
visual asset to help them deploy resources more efficiently. It’s one more
tool we can use to attack the drug epidemic and promote recovery--an
important focus of Gov. Eric Holcomb’s administration.”
Developed through a
partnership between the Indiana Management Performance Hub and the IDHS, the
Naloxone Administration Heat Map displays naloxone administrations reported
by EMS since Jan. 1, 2014.
The map shows
multiple naloxone administrations in and around Chesterton, Portage, and
Valparaiso. Heaviest concentrations in the state are in Indianapolis, South
Bend, Fort Wayne, Evansville, and Gary.
“As we continue to
battle the opioid epidemic from all angles, this new tool will both inform
our first responders and help identify general locations that have seen an
increase in naloxone delivery,” said State EMS Medical Director Dr. Michael
Kaufmann. “Indiana EMS providers and first responders deliver this
life-saving medication every day, and the data produced through this mapping
tool will help to guide the ongoing strategy of Gov. Holcomb’s NextLevel
Care was taken to
protect privacy with the placement of points on the map. Accordingly, in
densely populated areas, locations where the naloxone administration
occurred are represented within 100 meters of the point on the map. In
moderately populated areas, they are within 300 meters, and in rural areas,
they are within 500 meters.
View that Naloxone
Administration Heat Map at