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AG Matt Denn Looks for Rebate on Narcan

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OCEAN VIEW, Del. - Naloxone, the heroin fighting drug known as Narcan, can save lives, according to Ocean View Police Chief Ken McLaughlin. And he said 2015 has been proof. 

Since the police agencies of Ocean View, Middletown, and New Castle County have started using the drug, they've saved 10 lives in Delaware. The medication has proven highly successful at reversing heroin overdoses.

The problem though, according to McLaughlin, has been cost. He said this is part of the reason why only three agencies are using it in the entire state. 

"Something's got to give," he said. "We're not going to be able to implement these new strategies and tactics without funding." 

Narcan is made by the California-based company, Amphastar, which raised the prices by almost half last year. This drew harsh criticism from various police agencies, across the country. Now Attorney General Matt Denn is stepping in to try and get a reduced price on the nasal form of Narcan for government agencies and volunteer firefighters in Delaware. 

This would follow a similar rebate that was granted in New York and Ohio, amidst harsh criticism towards the company. Denn said the rebate would be in between 10 and 15 percent of the total medication cost. Denn said he reached out to the company to make the inquiry, and received a "tentative response that was favorable." 

Ocean View was the first police agency to use the medication in Delaware. Last December, the town council voted to equip every officer with Narcan. In May of this year, New Castle County Police started a pilot program, in which they equipped 38 of its officers. Then in June, Middletown voted to equip their officers as well.  

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