Ohio alerts agencies to rebates for drug overdose antidote

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — State officials are working to alert Ohio law enforcement agencies, local health departments and first responders to the availability of a drug overdose antidote.

Ohio recently extended a deal with the maker of naloxone (nuh-LOX’-ohn) to provide rebates to public agencies that buy the life-saving drug.

California-based Amphastar Pharmaceuticals Inc. is providing a $6 rebate for each naloxone syringe bought by a non-federal public entity in Ohio over the next 12 months.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says his office is partnering with several state agencies to host a phone bank Thursday to inform local entities about the cost savings.

A record 2,482 people in Ohio died from accidental overdoses in 2014.

State public safety officials have said naloxone was administered more than 16,000 times in Ohio in 2015.