State Patrol officers now carry Narcan

State troopers are now supplied with Narcan. (Photo courtesy Wisconsin State Patrol)

MADISON (WLUK) -- Wisconsin State Troopers now carry the overdose-reversing drug Narcan.

The State Patrol says all 489 of its officers are trained and equipped to administer the drug to those who overdosed on opioids.

The State Patrol pointed to a case on Dec. 31 in Sawyer County when Narcan was given to a 41-year-old woman who had overdosed on heroin. Officials believe the Narcan may have saved her life.

“Opioid abuse is an increasingly difficult challenge for law enforcement and emergency responders across the state,” Wisconsin State Patrol Superintendent J.D. Lind said in a news release. “Our primary mission is to save lives, and equipping all our officers with Narcan provides another important tool to help us carry out that mission.”

K-9 officers are receiving additional training to help their dogs who may accidentally come in contact with opioids such as heroin and fentanyl.

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