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'It pops them back fast'

Use of drug to combat opiate overdoses on rise in Fox Valley

12:10 PM, Feb. 12, 2013
A tube of naloxone hydrochloride is shown for scale next to a lipstick container. Narcan is a nasal spray used as an antidote for opiate drug overdoses.
A tube of naloxone hydrochloride is shown for scale next to a lipstick container. Narcan is a nasal spray used as an antidote for opiate drug overdoses.
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The first time paramedic Lance Notz administered Narcan to a drug overdose victim, he was taken aback by the swift improvement in the patient's condition.

"I was shocked as to how quick it worked," said Notz, a member of the emergency response crew at Gold Cross Ambulance Service, which responds to calls in Calumet, Outagamie and Winnebago counties.

The use of Narcan, which reverses the effects of an opiate-based overdose, has risen to unprecedented levels at Gold Cross in recent years. It coincides with the increase in drug overdose deaths and drug prosecutions in Winnebago County. ...

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