First responders in Kentucky to receive doses of Narcan

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BURLINGTON, Ky. (AP) – Gov. Matt Bevin says first responders in parts of Kentucky are receiving doses of Narcan to help fight drug overdoses.

Bevin, executives from Aetna and officials from northern Kentucky are announcing a partnership that will give 720 doses of the medication to first responders in northern Kentucky and Appalachian regions in an effort to prevent drug overdose deaths.

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The announcement is being made Wednesday at the Boone County Sheriff’s Office.

Drug overdose deaths in Kentucky soared to unprecedented levels in 2016, jumping 7.4 percent, according to a report from the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy.

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8/23/2017 3:34:58 AM (GMT -4:00)