Narcan Distribution Program
What is Narcan? Narcan nasal spray is the brand name of naloxone hydrochloride and 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 County? In 2018 there were 46 toxicity deaths, 35 of them were opioid-related.
What does Narcan training include? Each training is about 30 to 45 minutes and includes information about opioids, signs and symptoms of an overdose, how to administer Narcan nasal spray and the laws that protect someone providing aid. A kit of 2 doses of Narcan nasal spray is provided to each training participant through grant funding.
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 that states anyone who calls for help or drops off someone experiencing a drug overdose will not be charged with possession or paraphernalia. Limitation - the person who overdosed is not covered. Also, any other crime committed at the scene is not protected by law. Wisconsin Act 200 covers anyone, regardless of medical background from being liable for administering naloxone when acting in good faith that the person is experiencing an opioid overdose.
How can I get trained?
During the COVID-19 pandemic in-person trainings are suspended but online training is available. Contact staff at 262-605-6741 or [email protected] to schedule a date and time.
Funding for this training was made possible by U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) grant #SP022112, administered by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Division of Care and Treatment Services