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Importance of Calling 911 at an Overdose

  • When calling 911, an ambulance comes to the site to help
  • Narcan/Naloxone will help someone start breathing again, but it wears off and more might be needed from the ambulance
  • Ambulance can also provide other life-saving help
  • If you call, you are protected by a WI law

Wisconsin Heroin Opiate Prevention & Education (HOPE) Legislation – Act 194 & Act 200

The HOPE LAW (ACT 194 & 200):

  • DOES give criminal immunity (no arrest or prosecution) for possession of a controlled substance or drug paraphernalia for a person calling 911 or taking someone to an emergency room to seek medical assistance
  • DOES give civil & criminal immunity to ANY person who administers Naloxone to a person who appears to be overdosing on an opioid-related drug to save their life

The HOPE LAW (ACT 194):

  • DOES NOT protect a person who is overdosing and in need of medical assistance from criminal charges or prosecution for possession of a controlled substance
  • DOES NOT prevent arrest for:
    • Outstanding warrants
    • Probation & parole violations
    • Selling or giving another person controlled substances.
    • Causing injury or death giving another person controlled substances
    • Other non-drug related crimes, e.g. weapon possession, driving under the influence

What Should I do if I See an Overdose?

For steps on how to save a life, watch the Overdose video to the right and review the following steps:

  1. Rub knuckles on sternum (breast bone) to wake
  2. Call 911
  3. Rescue breathing – open airway & breathing (if not)
  4. Give naloxone – reverses an opioid overdose
  5. Stay with person and keep them breathing
  6. Place person on their side

Where to Get Naloxone or Narcan™?

The AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin (ARCW) trains and equips people with naloxone at their offices throughout Wisconsin. The training is free and the naloxone is free. Contact: Veronica Shaheen ( 414-225-1608 ext. 4010. 

• ARCW Madison Office: 600 Williamson Street, Suite H Madison WI 53703 Phone: 608-252-6540 Fax: 608-252-6559

• ARCW Milwaukee Office: 3716 W. Wisconsin Ave. 53208. 

• Information about ARCW’s seven other WI locations: Click Here.

Check back for updates on efforts to expand availability of these life saving programs.



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