Green Bay Police receive donation to purchase Narcan

Posted at 10:38 PM, Jun 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-14 23:38:09-04

The Green Bay Police Department received a significant donation from Prevea Health to purchase more Narcan.

Narcan is a nasal spray that reverses effects of an opioid overdose.

The Green Bay Police Department said they have some Narcan from years back, but it's expired. They didn't have money in their budget to buy more.

Prevea Health gave the department enough money to order 300 new doses of Narcan.

According to the department, they started carrying Narcan in 2015, and administer it to someone overdosing about every two weeks.

Prevea's donation will allow every officer in Green Bay to carry Narcan while in the field, and train officers on how to recognize symptoms of an overdose, dispense the Narcan, and what to do after.

Officials say Prevea's donation will undoubtedly save lives here in Green Bay.

"This is a medical problem. This is an addiction problem, and we're hoping we can get people cured from it. We're willing to do everything we can to save their lives in the meantime," said Chief Andrew Smith with the Green Bay Police Department.

Leaders at Prevea Health said more people died last year from opioid overdoses in Wisconsin than car accidents.

Prevea Health's donation will also allow the department to buy tactical medical kits that officers carry in case of severe trauma injuries.