State Patrol officers now equipped, trained to administer Narcan

State Patrol officers now equipped, trained to administer Narcan

Wisconsin State Patrol officers are now equipped and trained to administer Narcan in overdose cases.

Gov. Scott Walker announced Friday his plans to raise awareness and combat the misuse of opioids in Wisconsin. This includes the training of all 489 State Patrol officers across the state to administer the lifesaving antidote Narcan.

Narcan was used to save the life of a drug overdose victim on New Year’s Eve. Around 2 a.m., a trooper with the State Patrol’s Spooner Post joined a Sawyer County Sheriff’s Office deputy and a Lac Courte Oreilles Police Department officer in responding to a report of an unresponsive 41-year-old female suspected of having overdosed on heroin, according to a release from the Department of Transportation.

The woman’s breathing was shallow and her pulse was weak but, after the trooper administered a dose of Narcan, the victim’s condition quickly improved. Following further treatment from Sawyer County emergency medical personnel and after regaining consciousness, the woman was able to walk to a stretcher, according to DOT officials.

State Patrol K-9 officers are also receiving training in how to assist service animals that may have had incidental contact with opioids such as heroin or fentanyl, according to the release.