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Forest County group hosts free training on drug that reverses opiate overdoses
CRANDON - On Tuesday, dozens of community members and emergency responders in Forest County spent the evening learning about how they could help save lives.

The Community Coalition of Forest County hosted free Narcan training for the community. Narcan, or Naloxone, is a drug that can reverse an opiate overdose.

"We saw a need for it. We also have community members that wanted to be trained in it," said Public Health Nurse Holli Denton.

"It's kind of a big deal right now. A lot of people, young people, you know, it's taking their lives," said Forest County Resident Sam Tomlin Jr.

Plenty of people took advantage of the training.

"You know if you can stop that or help, I think it'd be a really good plus," said Tomlin.

"I think it's a great program that they're providing," said Hiles Fire Department Chief Tom Carlstedt. 

The class trained people on both types of Narcan. The shot form, and the nasal spray.

"It did seem pretty simple and self-explanatory," said Tomlin. 

It wasn't just community members getting trained. Even emergency responders came to learn.

"I actually learned that they no longer use the atomizer kind of Narcan and now they're available as the nasal injection which is something we didn't know," said Carlstedt.

Many responders also came to get their hands on the life-saving drug.

"We have limited budget, so we had five members of our department to come and get the Narcan kits tonight," said Carlstedt.

Regardless of the reasons that brought them there, dozens of people left the class with invaluable, life-saving knowledge.

"We're excited we had this many people that came, we have a lot of people that care," said Denton.

Those people who care, can now take action to help.

"People are going to be more aware of the overdose situation in Forest County and the entire state of Wisconsin. And for people to be able to help one another I think is a really great thing," said Carlstedt. 

The Community Coalition received a grant to pay for the funding. The training was done by a member of the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin.

Everyone left with a Narcan shot or nasal spray kit.

Story By: Dakota Sherek

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