The article below is a news story from the September 28, 2014 online version of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
As we have highlighted on our blog over the last six months, opiate abuse continues to be a growing problem. Bevan Baker, Milwaukee Health Commissioner, labeled the opiate addiction as a “definition of public crisis”. The good news story here is that the use of a naloxone kit helped saved this individual’s life.
Two weeks after the first Narcan kits were issued to Jackson police, an officer used the drug to counter the effects of a suspected heroin overdose and may have saved the life of a Milwaukee man.
The man was found unconscious Friday evening on a commuter bus at the park-and-ride lot on Highway P in the Village of Jackson, according to police. Jackson Officer Kyle Henning noticed the man’s pupils were constricted and issued a dose of Narcan into the man’s nose.
Around two minutes later, the man regained consciousness and was able to communicate with authorities. He was taken to Froedtert Hospital for treatment.
Jackson police said the man probably used heroin before boarding the bus in Milwaukee, fell unconscious and missed his stop in Germantown.