Black River Falls’ emergency medical technicians now have officially started participation in a program that allows them to administer a lifesaving drug for overdoses.
The local EMS division earlier this month completed the necessary training for EMTs and began carrying Naloxone in its ambulances. Personnel already nearly had to administer the drug to a person who was unresponsive due to an overdose but stopped short after other efforts worked.
I think it’s exciting. I think it’s one of those things that gives us a leg up,” said BRF EMS Chief Jody Stoker.
Hopefully you never have to use it, but if we have to it’s excellent to have.
BRF EMS is one of about 50 services across the state that is taking part in the state pilot program where basic-level EMTs have the ability to administer the drug, which can combat the effects of an overdose in a matter of minutes.