Drug counteracts heroin overdoses
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Mon January 20, 2014

Legislator Says More EMT's Should Administer Narcan

State Representative John Nygren of Marinette nearly lost his daughter to a heroin overdose in 2009. The state Assembly last week overwhelmingly approved  measures making it easier for emergency responders to administer Narcan, a drug that counteracts heroin overdoses. 

Rep. John Nygren(R-Marinette)
Rep. John Nygren(R-Marinette)
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The bills also enable callers to remain anonymous when calling in an overdose to medical personnel. Nygren talked to Ken Krall about how this move will save lives.

Representative John Nygren. Those opposed to the bills say Narcan could lead some heroin users to not worry about an overdose, thinking Narcan will save them.