Public Safety Agencies of Indianapolis Meet Somber Benchmark with Resolve

  • Posted: August 18, 2014

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18 August 2014

IEMS – 2014-0802


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Public Safety Agencies of Indianapolis Meet Somber Benchmark with Resolve


INDIANAPOLIS – Over the weekend, paramedics from Indianapolis Emergency Medical Services (IEMS) administered naloxone for the 630th time in 2014.  The significance of this number is that it surpasses the total number of persons receiving naloxone during the entire year of 2013.


Through a joint pilot program, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department and IEMS began to train and supply police officers with the medication that can stop a heroin overdose in minutes. According to Dr. Dan O’Donnell MD, deputy medical director with IEMS, “the administration of naloxone is critical to life saving efforts, immediately halting the effects of heroin.”  While naloxone is critical to stopping an overdose it does not prevent addiction.


Recently, Troy Riggs, director of Indianapolis Department of Public Safety cited Mayor Greg Ballard’s Early Education and Public Safety Initiative as a key step in moving forward.  Riggs also reinforced that one of the primary missions of the agencies under Indianapolis DPS is preservation of life, “we value human life and will not give up on our citizens.” Part of the plan moving forward, Riggs added “are community outreach programs to help with rehabilitation.”


“Indianapolis continues to set the pace in the nation for recognition and intervention related to heroin.” according to Dr. Charles Miramonti, chief of IEMS, “Getting the information, training and medication in the hands of first responders is a crucial first step.”  Based in large part on the efforts in Indianapolis and the Indiana University School of Medicine, the state legislature recently passed a bill allowing emergency medical technicians (EMT’s) the ability to administer naloxone in the field. Soon, EMT’s with the Indianapolis Fire Department (IFD) will have access to naloxone on all of their response apparatus, increasing the chances of saving a life from heroin overdose.




IEMS is the largest provider of emergency pre-hospital medical care in the state, responding to nearly 100,000 911 calls each year. A division of the Indianapolis Department of Public Safety, IEMS is a partnership between the City of Indianapolis, Indiana University School of Medicine and Health and Hospital Corporation of Marion County, with Eskenazi Health as the supervising health system. IEMS strives to provide the best pre-hospital medical services to the community through the endless pursuit of excellence in patient-centered care, education, efficiency, efficacy, safety and quality of service. IEMS serves the community not only through emergency care, but also through unique outreach programs and educational opportunities. Our mission: Right care. Every patient. Every time.

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