Dane County Drug Poisoning Prevention

Don’t Run Call 911

dontruncall911Importance of Calling 911 at an Overdose

  • When calling 911, an ambulance comes to the site to help
  • Narcan/Naloxone will help someone start breathing again, but it wears off and more might be needed from the ambulance
  • Ambulance can also provide other life-saving help
  • If you call, you are protected by a WI law

What Should I do If I see an Overdose?

For steps on how to save a life, watch the Overdose video to the right and review the following steps:

  1. Rub knuckles on sternum (breast bone) to wake
  2. Call 911
  3. Rescue breathing – open airway & breathing (if not)
  4. Give naloxone – reverses an opioid overdose
  5. Stay with person and keep them breathing
  6. Place person on their side


Wisconsin Heroin Opiate Prevention & Education (HOPE) Legislation –
Act 194 & Act 200


The HOPE LAW (ACT 194 & 200):

  • DOES give criminal immunity (no arrest or prosecution) for possession of a controlled substance or drug paraphernalia for a person calling 911 or taking someone to an emergency room to seek medical assistance
  • DOES give civil & criminal immunity to ANY person who administers Naloxone to a person who appears to be overdosing on an opioid-related drug to save their life

The HOPE LAW (ACT 194):

  • DOES NOT protect a person who is overdosing and in need of medical assistance from criminal charges or prosecution for possession of a controlled substance
  • DOES NOT prevent arrest for:
    • Outstanding warrants
    • Probation & parole violations
    • Selling or giving another person controlled substances.
    • Causing injury or death giving another person controlled substances
    • Other non-drug related crimes, e.g. weapon possession, driving under the influence

Where to Get Naloxone or Narcan™?

The AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin (ARCW) trains and equips people with naloxone at their offices throughout Wisconsin. The training is free and the naloxone is free. Contact: Veronica Shaheen (veronica.shaheen@arcw.org) 414-225-1608 ext. 4010.
• ARCW Madison Office: 600 Williamson Street, Suite H Madison WI 53703 Phone: 608-252-6540 Fax: 608-252-6559

• ARCW Milwaukee Office: 3716 W. Wisconsin Ave. 53208.

• Information about ARCW’s seven other WI locations: Click Here.

Check back for updates on efforts to expand availability of these life saving programs.


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 If you are done using, here’s a way to help:

Crisis Contacts

Emergency: 911


People expect the 911 system to work quickly and reliably, everywhere and with any device. The National 911 Program’s role is to help the 911 community provide optimal 911 services across the nation.


American Association of Poison Control Centers: (800) 222-1222


The American Association of Poison Control Centers supports the nation’s 55 poison centers in their efforts to prevent and treat poison exposures. Poison centers offer free, confidential medical advice 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


Dane County Suicide Crisis Line: (608) 280-2600

National Suicide Prevention Line:
1-800-273-TALK (8255)
1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433)
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Safe Communities is not a counseling or crisis center and does not provide direct services. If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).




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