Woman saves overdosing stranger days after receiving Narcan training

Woman uses Narcan to save stranger's life
Woman saves overdosing stranger days after receiving Narcan training

Jenny Hallett almost didn’t go to an overdose-prevention training sessions in June, but now she’s glad that she did.

At the training session, hosted by Janesville Mobilizing 4 Change and Hope Over Heroin – Rock County , participants learned how to spot the symptoms of an overdose and use the reversal drug Narcan. People could also take a free dose of the life-saving drug home.

Hallett attended the training in Milton on June 13; nine days later, she used her dose of Narcan on a stranger who overdosed.

“He was out. He was kind of a pasty gray-blue,” Hallett said.

She gave him one dose of Narcan and was just about to give him a second when the paramedics showed up.

“I was able to get it to him three to four minutes before the ambulance got there, and minutes count,” Hallett said.

After paramedics administered the second dose, Hallett said the man opened his eyes and started breathing again.

“It was amazing, and I just started bawling because I knew that some mother out there doesn’t have to go through what I’m going through every day of your life.”

Hallett’s passion for helping people with addictions is fueled by the loss of her daughter to alcoholism in November 2014. Brittany Hallett was 26 years old.

“She was your typical wonderful, loving, beautiful girl,” her mom said.

Since her daughter’s death, Hallett has gotten involved with Janesville Mobilizing 4 Change , an organization focused on creating a safe and healthy community. She’s also spoken at Milton High School to share her daughter’s story and warn about the dangers of alcohol dependency.

“I’ve been just trying to help out anywhere I can to help people that are still struggling with alcoholism or really any substance abuse disorder,” she said.

JM4C Coalition Director Erin Loveland said Hallett’s success story shows how important overdose prevention training is, especially in Rock County, where heroin has become a major problem.

“I think that that’s amazing,” Loveland said about Hallett saving the stranger’s life. “That’s one of those moments that you think to yourself, ‘Wow. We’re really making a difference, and this is really something that we should be doing.'”

Another overdose prevention training class is scheduled for Tuesday at Janesville’s Central Fire Station. It starts at 6 p.m. No registration is required, and people can take home their own dose of Narcan for free after learning how to administer it.

Hallett has set up a website and Facebook page in memory of her daughter and to offer support and help to people who are struggling with addiction.