National Recovery Month: How Narcan can save lives

A prevention specialist explains how to use the life-saving tool that can reverse a fentanyl overdose.
Published: Sep. 30, 2022 at 5:47 PM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - September is National Recovery Month, and new state statistics show 91 percent of opioid overdose deaths in the last year involved synthetic opioids, like fentanyl.

Brooke McKearn, a prevention specialist at Vivent Health, has a personal connection to her work — in 2018, McKearn lost her 23-year-old son, Nikolas, to fentanyl poisoning in an unregulated, un-licensed, unsupervised sober living home in Florida.

McKearn said the facility did not have a single dose of Narcan — a potentially life-saving drug — in it.

Narcan is a medication that can reverse a fentanyl overdose.

On Friday, McKearn sat down with NBC15 in the WMTV studio for an interview to explain the importance of Narcan how to use it in a crisis situation.