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Heroin bill to help distribute Narcan

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LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - It's a growing problem and a dangerous one. In fact, Wisconsin's Attorney General told us that once people are addicted to heroin, they'll do almost anything to get more.

Lawmakers have noticed.  There are now a number of bills on the Governor's desk designed to help combat the problem.

One of those bills involves the distribution of a product called Narcan. Narcan is a drug used to reverse the effects of an opiate overdose.

Currently first responders and EMT's can give Narcan. The new bill would allow anyone with the proper training to give the drug to someone whose having an overdose.

The Aids Resource Center in La Crosse has distributed Narcan for the last 8 years. You can go in, ask for Narcan, and get trained on how to properly inject the drug.

And with the new legislation you can use your Narcan prescription on someone else.

Laura Runchey, Prevention Specialist at the Resource Center, says "a lot of the people that do come in to get Narcan or be trained for Narcan or want to know about it, those are the people that have seen loved ones overdose and they want to prevent it in the future."

Last year the Resource Center reported almost 40 people were saved during an overdose thanks to Narcan.

Already in the first 2 months of this year, half that amount have used Narcan to reverse an overdose.

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