February 29, 2024

Narcan availability lowering OD deaths, says Union County Coroner’s Office


By Mac Cordell, Marysville J-T Reporter

Lance Emberling, lead investigator at the Union County Coroner’s Office, said Union County is currently seeing fewer fatal overdoses than it has in a decade.

According to statistics from the Union County Coroner’s Office, in the decade between 2014 and 2023, Union County had 76 accidental fatal overdoses, with just six in 2023 and only one through the first two months of this year.

“I think it is because of Narcan distribution and community interventions,” Emberling said. Narcan is a nasal spray of Naloxone, designed to rapidly reverse the effects of a life-threatening opioid emergency.

Narcan is used to revive someone during an …

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