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La Crosse fire dept. applies to administer heroin antidote


LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) – This week the La Crosse Fire Department will submit an application to the state to administer a heroin antidote.

It's called Narcan, and it's known to reverse shallow breathing and other effects of a narcotics overdose.

The pilot project would allow the fire department to carry Narcan on its trucks and administer it on site, instead of waiting for paramedics to arrive.

Chief Gregg Cleveland said this year the fire department has already responded to 90 narcotic overdoses.

"I believe it's obvious La Crosse has a drug problem," Cleveland said. "And this would certainly be an important piece of the puzzle to prevent or minimize deaths."

The project would determine the success of Narcan use and whether basic life support services should be able to administer it.

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