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
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:
- Rub knuckles on sternum (breast bone) to wake
- Call 911
- Rescue breathing – open airway & breathing (if not)
- Give naloxone – reverses an opioid overdose
- Stay with person and keep them breathing
- 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.
GET TREATMENT NOW
If you are done using, here's a way to help:
- Parent Addiction Network
- Friends Don't Let Friends Die
- Stop Overdose - Opioid Overdose Prevention Education
- Needle exchange providers to prevent spread of diseases, such as HIV and Hepatitis C.
- AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin (ARCW) – HIV Prevention Services: Lifepoint Needle Exchange
- Public Health Madison & Dane County - PHMDC Needle Exchange
- AIDS Network - Prevention Services
- Press Release: Don't Run Call 911 Campaign Announced (PDF)
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