Narcan

LANSING, MI--   The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has launched an

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Some bills in the state Legislature would expand who can administer life-saving drugs in the event of an opioid overdose. 

The legislation would allow government agencies – and their employees – to administer opioid antagonists. Commonly called Narcan, it’s an emergency overdose medication.

This would open the door for public agencies – like libraries and schools – to have Narcan on hand in the event an employee sees someone suffering from an overdose.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   State lawmakers want to give librarians immunity from any issues that could arise if they administer opioid overdose medication. 

Michigan Public Radio’s Cheyna Roth says a state House committee passed the bills Tuesday.

The quiet, secluded nature of libraries makes them an attractive place for some drug users to get their fix.

Librarians can administer overdose medication like NARCAN. But some don’t carry it because they could be sued if something goes wrong.

ISHPEMING, MI--   Ishpeming Police say an anti-overdose drug saved the life of a man at a city business on Wednesday. 

Around 10:40 p.m. officers were dispatched to the Holiday gas station on US-41 on a report of an unresponsive male. Upon arrival they found a man with a needle in his hand slumped over the bathroom toilet. Officers began CPR when they saw he wasn’t breathing.

BARAGA, MI--   Officers with the Keweenaw Bay Tribal Police Department now have Narcan at their disposal.

The drug displaces opioids from receptors in the brain and can immediately reverse the effects of an overdose.

All patrol officers have been issued Narcan. They’ve been trained to recognize the signs of opioid overdose and how to administer the drug to someone experiencing an overdose. Officials say it’s administered nasally, so officers don’t have to use a needle.

MADISON, WI (AP)--   The Wisconsin state Senate has passed four bills designed to combat heroin use and help those who are addicted.   

The bills approved Tuesday have all previously passed unanimously in the Assembly. They now head to Governor Scott Walker for his consideration.

One proposal would permit all emergency responders with training to administer Narcan, a drug that counteracts heroin overdoses.

Another would guarantee a measure of immunity for anyone who calls 911 to report an overdose.