Overdose antidote recall doesn’t affect county first-responders

Staff reports

The recall of certain containers of an antidote given to heroin overdose victims will have no impact on Bartholomew County first-responders who carry the drug.

A faulty piece in the dispensing mechanism of a two-milligram nasal spray version of naloxone prompted a recall of 200 kits received by the Jackson County Health Department, the agency announced this week.

However, the Bartholomew County Health Department does not have the same supply program as its counterparts in Brownstown, nursing director Amanda Organist said.

In addition, Organist said she is unaware of any emergency responders in the Columbus area with the faulty dispensers that are impacted by the recall.

Instead of two milligrams, containers with a four-milligram dose are provided to officers with the Columbus Police Department, spokesman Lt. Matt Harris said.

The recall also does not apply to containers carried by local deputies who patrol outside the city limits, said Sgt. Jim Stevens of the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department.

Man arrested, accused of threatening woman with knife

A local man was arrested after he was accused of pulling a knife and making threats to a woman during an argument.

Melvin G. Foree, 34, 1113 California St., was arrested on a preliminary charge of intimidation with a deadly weapon at about 4:35 a.m. Friday, said Lt. Matt Harris, Columbus Police Department spokesman.

Officers were sent to the 1100 block of California Street about a disturbance inside a home, Harris said. When they arrived, they heard an argument upstairs in the home and saw that a bedroom door had been kicked in and knocked off its hinges, Harris said.

Residents in the home said Foree was intoxicated and began threatening a woman inside the house with a knife, Harris said. The witnesses told police Foree kicked open a bedroom door and a struggle ensued, he said.

Officers recovered a knife from behind a couch in the home, Harris said.

Foree is being held in the Bartholomew County Jail in lieu of $15,000 bond, jail officials said.

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Mark Webber is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at mwebber@therepublic.com or 812-379-5636.