NewsStateState-Ohio

Actions

Drug distributor sued in opioid crisis to donate 80,000 doses of overdose antidote

WCPO-Default-Image_1280x720.png
Posted at 10:51 AM, Apr 10, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-10 10:51:02-04

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- An Ohio-based drug distributor facing lawsuits linked to the opioid crisis is donating more than 80,000 doses of an overdose antidote for use by emergency responders in several states.

The Columbus Dispatch reports Cardinal Health has started distributing the naloxone it pledged last year as part of its "Opioid Action Program." It comes as low funds and increased demand have left naloxone in short supply among first responders across the country.

RELATED: U.S. surgeon general says anyone can 'be a hero' with naloxone
MORE: Why naloxone isn't a cure-all for opioid crisis 

The doses will go to first responders in Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia and Tennessee.

The Dublin-based company says the initial investment will be $10 million, and the program could expand to other states.

Cardinal Health is among several drugmakers facing lawsuits in connection with the opioid epidemic. The companies have all denied wrongdoing.