Narcan: The Lifesaving Drug

Wisconsin police saving overdose victims with Narcan


Talk to area law enforcement and they’ll tell you – opioid use is an epidemic. Just last week President Trump declared it a national health emergency. Thanks to one state law – officers have been able to administer a drug to counteract the effects of an opioid overdose.  It’s called Naloxone  or Narcan. But it can be an expensive fix and we found out funding for some departments who use it may be running out.

According to a state task force on opioid abuse, in 2014 more Wisconsin residents died from drug overdoses than from motor vehicle crashes. And the number of drug overdose deaths in the state doubled from 2004 to 2014.

The data helped convince lawmakers to pass a series of bills in 2014 to fight this crisis. One was Act 200 that allows for trained police officers to administer Narcan to overdose victims.  People like Douglas Darby.

I’ve been saved by Narcan three different times,” said Darby.



  1. Great article, I enjoyed reading your post on narcan. As a recovering addict, I know how helpful the drug can be in saving the life of someone who has overdosed, however, I do know that there are some people who are against it as it can be dangerous since it does not force someone to get help. I’ve been doing research on narcan addiction treatments and the pros and cons of this drug.

    Should anyone else be interested to see how this would help others here’s the page I looked at

    Hopefully, this information can assist someone (friends and families) in choosing the best recovery treatments.

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