Medical professionals say the price of Narcan has skyrocketed. The price hike comes as the heroin epidemic is a growing issue in our area and across the country, impacting everyone who buys the medication. That includes those taxpayer-funded groups whose job it is to save lives.

Medical professionals say the price of Narcan has skyrocketed.

The price hike comes as the heroin epidemic is a growing issue in our area and across the country, impacting everyone who buys the medication. That includes those taxpayer-funded groups whose job it is to save lives.

Some people might be wondering if this is like EpiPens all over again. Back in August we told you the price of those had increased about 400 percent over about eight years.

Narcan, or you might know it as Naloxone, is the drug that people have been encouraged to learn how to use and carry around in case they come across someone who is overdosing on opioids like heroin. It's considered a lifesaving drug and can reverse the effects of those opioids within minutes.

News10NBC checked with officials at Henrietta Ambulance. They say over the past few years, the discounted price has increased from $18 for a two milligram dose - to $34.65 for the same dose. That's what they pay. You would pay $57 per dose, compared to $35 a couple of years ago. That's the retail price.

Amphastar is the company that makes Naloxone. As all of this is playing out, Syracuse.com reported that company's CEO has seen his pay increase from $3.8 million three years ago to $5.8 million last year.