Racine County Sheriff’s Deputy Saves Life with Narcan

Another heroin overdose death was prevented last week in Racine County after Top Cop and Sheriff’s Deputy Miles Merten administered Narcan, a heroin and prescription opioid antidote. The story, as told by The Journal Times:


“A 25-year-old woman was revived by Racine County Sheriff’s Office deputies early Thursday evening after she reportedly overdosed.


A call came in around 5:25 p.m. for the passenger of a vehicle who was unconscious and not breathing in the 21000 block of Schroeder Road, according to a Racine County Sheriff’s Office press release.


Deputies administered Narcan and rescue personnel from the Kansasville Fire Department began rescue breathing, the release said.


Moments after Narcan was used, the woman regained consciousness and was breathing. The patient allegedly admitted her condition was due to a heroin overdose.


“Although I’m very proud that we saved another life this evening, I’m very concerned that the opioid epidemic speaks to a much larger problem which continues to end lives daily across this country,” Racine County Sheriff Christopher Schmaling said.


This is the 19th life the department has saved since equipping deputies with Narcan in February 2014, Schmaling said in the release.”


Since being elected Attorney General, the heroin and opioid epidemic has been my top priority. Many Wisconsinites have become involved in the Dose of Reality campaign by holding awareness events to educate their communities and by collecting and properly disposing of unused medications. There has been, perhaps, no better soldier in the fight against opiate abuse than law enforcement officers. Lives all across this state and country have been saved because local law enforcement are carrying Narcan to help reverse the effects of an opiate overdose and provide law enforcement and medical professionals an opportunity to intervene before it’s too late.


I thank Sheriff’s Deputy Miles Merten, Sheriff Christopher Schmaling, and the entire Racine County Sheriff’s Department for supporting the Dose of Reality and using Narcan to save lives.