By Tim Kowols
Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin says the rising cost of opioid abuse antidotes is preventing communities from turning the corner on the crisis. According to Bloomberg, prices on Naloxone have been climbing in recent years to as much $4,500 for two injections of Evizio or $150 for the nasal spray Narcan. Law enforcement officials from Door and Kewaunee County met with Senator Baldwin in Sturgeon Bay Tuesday about the impact the opioid crisis is having on their communities and how Naloxone is just as important to protect their first responders as it is to save lives during an overdose. Senator Baldwin says she fears drug manufacturers are taking advantage of the situation.
The Democratic Senator hopes the federal government can be better partners with local governments to help stem the associated costs with the opioid crisis after being told Tuesday the impact on city and county budgets the epidemic could have if it gets worse.