The entire country is facing a problem of epidemic proportions. Prescription drug abuse has brought on a disaster that could be driving towards plague-like status. The rise in prescription drug abuse and addiction has given way to more heroin/opiate drug problems than ever before. The problem is costing young Americans their lives. Overdose fatalities have surpassed motor vehicle accidents as the number one cause of death. In response to the rising tide of opiate related injury and deaths Indiana State University is providing training on life-saving overdose techniques. Partnering up with the governments changes of how they deal with overdose victims and more importantly those that try to help the victim. Overdose Victims and Those That Try to Help Them In the not too distant past, the United States justice and law enforcement dealt with drug abuse, addiction, overdose, and those accompanying overdose victims in a different way. Anyone caught with drugs or under the influence of drugs was arrested and charged with a crime. Those that are caught today suffer the same fate, but most are given a choice; going to jail or getting treatment to help them with an addiction and other lingering issues. What was more astonishing was the fact that anyone that tried to get help for someone suffering from an overdose was that they were also questioned, possibly arrested, and charged for a crime. Several states have created Good Samaritan laws that protect those trying to help an overdose victim. The days of allowing someone to die or pushing their body out of a moving vehicle (like in many cinematic renditions of the event) in front of a hospital are over. Anyone who calls for help or takes an overdose victim to a hospital is legally protected against crimes. The final and most effective measure that governments are utilizing against drug overdose is overdose techniques and reversal medications. Emergency response technicians have more access to the drug Narcan to help those suffering from an overdose. Narcan is a non-narcotic that reverses the effects of an opiate overdose. Since it is a non-narcotic that only works on opiate overdoses it is safe to use on someone who is on or not on the drug. Indiana State University Leading the Way for Overdose Treatment Techniques A recent graduate of the Indiana State University’s doctor of nursing practice program is teaching Country Sheriff’s Offices and other Indiana police departments how to administer the drug Narcan. Indiana State University is the first state to provide this type of training program for its local officers. Local and state politicians agree that the opiate abuse in their area and the state is a universal social issue. The drug Naloxone, Narcan, is not a new phenomenon. It was discovered in 1975 to help narcotic exposed newborns, but its use as an overdose reversal drug is new. The training provided at the University also provided some help in the direction of Aaron’s Law. This law allowed third party individuals, like friends and families, of addicts that are at risk of overdose to obtain and use the opiate overdose reversal drug Narcan. These programs are only the first step in reversing the horrific opiate problem that is affecting every part of the country. The University is striving to be cutting edge in the area of drug overdose protection. These programs are a safety net for those in danger of overdosing. The following steps include keeping parents heavily invested in their child’s lives, early identification of at risk children, and ensuring there are social support systems for those suffering from addiction. Since the beginning of the year Narcan has been used, among other life-saving techniques, to save the lives of over 200 possible overdose victims. Indiana State University is an innovator in helping to keep students lives safe from opiate abuse and addiction.