Overdose drug now more readily available in Texas

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New details are still coming in about the Sigma Nu drug overdose death.

While we know Anton Gridnev died from a drug overdose, we're still waiting for authorities to release what specific drugs were in his system.

The person who called 9-1-1 told dispatchers he had taken an opioid.

There's a new state initiative that could have saved his life.

Micki Baudoin has come a long way.

"I had a very serious addiction to methamphetamine, alcohol and some heroin. I had just been convicted of a felony. I had just been placed on probation. The same probation department I now work at."

Against all odds, she's turned her life around.

"This coming February, I'll have 30 years sober."

She now works as a chemical dependency counselor and sits on the Brazos County Drug Court. The memories, though, of when she says she hit rock bottom are still fresh in her mind.

"I can't tell you the number of people I've lost to due to overdoses. I knew I was next in line to die a horrible death."

So when she first heard about the deadly drug overdose at Sigma Nu, she immediately reacted.

"It was devastating to me. "

Since 2000, the rate of drug overdose deaths nationwide has skyrocketed 137%. Overdose deaths involving opioids have gone up 200%.

Baudoin says, "It's crazy to me that people are dying to get high."

In hopes of curbing the growing problem, Texas now allows you to get Naloxone, which stops an opioid overdose in seconds, at CVS and Walgreens without a prescription.

It's something College Station EMS crews have carried with them for years.

EMS Training Captain Billy Bradshaw says, "In 2015, we gave it to 32 different patients."

Naloxone costs around $100 dollars per dose.

Bradshaw says, "In a breathing related issue, every second counts because the longer they go without breathing, the more chance of doing irreversible damage to the brain."

While she works hard to get people off drugs all together, Micki knows it's never an overnight success, so she's a big believer in the good Naloxone, often referred to by the brand name Narcan, can do.

"The drugs these people are buying off the street, they have no idea about the potency, the purity. It's Russian roulette."

She may have battled her drug addiction, but now she's faced with another.

"I'm addicted to seeing people get well."

That's a high she hopes she never comes down from.