All Brown Deer police officers trained on how to use opioid antidote, Narcan: “Another tool to help”

BROWN DEER -- It has been used two times in three months to save the lives of overdose victims, and as the opioid abuse epidemic shows no signs of slowing down, all Brown Deer police officers are learning how to use the life-saving antidote, Narcan.

When a 911 call came in regarding a possible drug overdose in November, Brown Deer Police Officer Michael Leeman started performing CPR.

Brown Deer Police Officer Michael Leeman

Brown Deer Police Officer Michael Leeman

"Guy was in the back seat, took too much heroin. Next thing you know, he was unconscious and didn`t have a pulse. I was able to revive him, feel a pulse again," Leeman said.

This was one of two instances over the past three months where Brown Deer police had to use life-saving measures on a person who overdosed on opioids.

"It is unusual, and it seems to have been increasing," Brown Deer Police Sgt. Amy Koeppel said.

Brown Deer Police Department

Brown Deer Police Department

The opioid epidemic is being felt throughout Milwaukee County, the state of Wisconsin, and the country.

The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office said they're investigating eight probable overdose deaths that happened during the first weekend of February.

Sara Schreiber

Sara Schreiber

"We are seeing one drug related-death, more than one drug-related death every day in this office," Sara Schreiber with the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office said.

In an effort to prevent more deaths, all 25 Brown Deer police officers are being equipped with Narcan nasal spray. When administered to an overdose victim, it reverses the effects of the overdose.

"To have that right there, and our officers trained to use it, is just another tool for us to help people," Koeppel said.

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Narcan

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Narcan

While paramedics and firefighters already carry Narcan, on occasions when an officer like Officer Leeman is the first emergency responder to arrive at a scene, Narcan can be the difference between life and death.

It is the hope that all Brown Deer police officers will be trained to use and carry Narcan by March.

4 comments

  • Daniel W.

    So my tax dollars are going towards saving the life of someone who doesnt care about their own life and will overdose again given the next available chance? Why waste the time and effort. If someone is this careless about their own life, why is it my problem?

    • WORD

      I completely agree with you. *Unfortunatley for most cases-it is an addiction that some poor souls get trapped into-the devil of addiction. The police are “To Protect and Serve”-regardless of whom they are attending to. I’m sure alot feel the same way. BUT This is why I “back the badge”. This is why we must fight the opioid problem head on plaguing our society. Very Sad. Lets pray these individuals can get the proper help and get back to normal.- after they have been saved. Are these people being charged for overdosing? Maybe they should also get charged for the use of Narcan that saved their lives. IF they don’t pay up then they get locked up. Then we pay for that too. Maybe Trump can address this-BY WITHOLDING ALL ILLEGALS!!!!!! GO TRUMP!!!!! FINALLY WE HAVE SOMEONE AS POTUS WITH BALLS!!!!

      • Trump2016

        The only help they need is prison. However, seeing how Walker and the cronies in Madison are going, they’re going to throw taxpayer dollars at the issue while giving these junkies immunity from prosecution.

    • Trump2016

      It shouldn’t. However these so call politicians in Madison are making sure they’re catering to the special interest of criminals than taking care of law-abiding citizens. Makes me wonder if law-abiding citizens are better of taking drugs, seeing how the endgame in Madison is to give these junkies welfare (Narcon) while giving them a free pass through the legal system.

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