What is Narcan?
Narcan Nasal Spray is the brand name of naloxone hydrochloride. Naloxone is used to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. Some examples of opioids are Heroin, Vicodin, OxyContin and Fentanyl.
Are overdose deaths a problem in Kenosha?
In 2016, Kenosha County had 54 toxicity deaths. The rate of opioid overdose deaths has nearly doubled over the last five years in Kenosha County.
Why should I know how to use Narcan?
Addiction has no stereotype. You could save the life of a friend, relative, co-worker, or a stranger.
Do you need to be a medical provider to use Narcan?
NO! Anyone can learn how to use and give Narcan.
Is there legislation that protects those who help overdose victims? Yes!
Wisconsin has the Good Samaritan Law or Wisconsin Act 194 which states anyone who calls for help or drops off someone who is experiencing a drug overdose will not be charged with possession or paraphernalia.
Limit - the person who overdosed is not covered. Also any other crime committed at the scene is not protected by law. WI Act 200 covers anyone, regardless of medical background from being held liable for administering naloxone when they act in good faith believing that the person is experiencing an opioid overdose.
How can I get trained?
Contact the Kenosha County Division of Health Narcan Hotline at 605-6741 or Narcan@kenoshacounty.org
View Narcan Training Brochure in English