Narcan prices rise, local emergency crews struggle to keep up

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WILLARD, Mo. (KY3) - Narcan is invaluable in the fight against opioid overdoses. First responders can use the spray to counter the effects of an overdose and save lives. But prices for the drug have gone up 800 percent, according to Willard’s assistant fire chief.

Willard’s fire staff keeps eight of them on hand, spread across their different vehicles. Assistant fire chief David Deck says that used to cost him about $50.

It’s ballooned to $400.

“We're looking for discounts,” Deck said. “The biggest thing is constant research to look for different suppliers. Occasionally we'll find someone who's got a lower price for a while, and we'll buy from them until they raise their prices.”

Another concern for their department is EpiPens, which Deck says can cost as much as $600 for a pack of two.

It’s conceivable that Willard’s fire department won’t be able to keep up with these rising costs forever.

“When you're talking about life-saving tools like Narcan and Epipen and possibly being out of the market for them because of the price that's a big concern,” Deck said.

Willard is one of several fire departments in the Ozarks to carry Narcan, which can cost between $40-150 depending on how it’s being administered.