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.