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 2021 there were 53 toxicity deaths, 44 of which were opioid-related.
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 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? Watch this 12-minute video from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (also available at the bottom of this webpage).
How can I get Narcan? After watching the training video, you can get your FREE Narcan at the Kenosha County Job Center Clinic, 8600 Sheridan Road, Kenosha.
Fentanyl test strips also available: Fentanyl test strips, which allow for the testing of other substances for the presence of fentanyl — a deadly opioid that is added to many drugs — are now legal under a 2022 change to Wisconsin state law. Kenosha County Public Health now provides these along with Narcan.
Questions? Please contact us at 262-605-6741 or Narcan@kenoshacounty.org. (Please note, these lines are checked weekly.)