Access to a life-saving drug overdose antidote is expanding to university campuses, including three in our area. Narcan nasal spray will now be available for officers to use on all UW campuses state-wide.
Fox 25/48’s Amanda Tyler explains why the antidote is so vital.
A small package that carries a big punch is now making its way to college campuses across the state of Wisconsin.
Today, attorney Brad Schimel and UW-system president Ray Cross announced expanding access and availability of the life-saving opiate antidote Narcan nasal spray through a partnership with the drug’s manufacturer, Adapt Pharma.
Among the campuses receiving Narcan are UW-Eau Claire, UW-La Crosse, and UW-Stout.
“We don’t see a lot of opioid overdose cases, but national trends say that it’s happening across the country, even in the Chippewa Valley, so it’s coming.”
UW-Stout police chief Jason Spetz says his department was notified of the Narcan program earlier this year and they got onboard.
“There is really no reason not to.”
Law enforcement and campus security across nine campuses will be provided Narcan at no cost. Local departments expect to have the Narcan in their hands, but before its out in the field they say officers will go through rigorous training to learn how to use it.
For local campuses, like UW-Stout, carrying the opioid overdose antidote is something they say is a simple step that could save someone from dying of an overdose.
“You really know if you have used this that you have saved a life.”
University police departments say they plan to train their staff in the coming weeks and have staff start carrying Narcan for the spring semester.
Amanda Tyler, Fox 25-48 First News at Nine.