88 lives saved by NARCAN in Waukesha County
WAUKESHA, Wis. (CBS 58) -- Waukesha County Officials offered an update Monday morning two years after it started a grant program aimed at curbing opioid overdoses and deaths.
Waukesha County receives $225,000 a year to prevent opioid overdoses as part of a five-year federal grant. In the first two years, 88 lives have been saved by NARCAN in Waukesha County.
As a part of the grant, 282 opioid overdose education training sessions have been conducted for more than 3,000 people. Nearly 3,000 NARCAN kits were also distributed for free and more than 800 law enforcement officers received training.
Officials launched the Women's Health and Recovery project that will add additional services to women with substance use disorders. County officials say the work they are doing touches many lives in the county.
"For each of the dozens of people who died last year from drug overdoses, there were first responders, parents, children, siblings, neighbors, and friends who continue to be impacted by the tragedy today. The cost of the crisis is large. The loss of human life, the grief of loved ones and in the time and tax dollars our communities who are trying to end the crisis expend," Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow said.
County Executive Paul Farrow also declared Monday, May 13 Waukesha County Prevention Day as a part of National Prevention Week.