Wednesday, August 23rd

Jackson County and Wisconsin as a whole has been facing a growing epidemic of opioid-related deaths in recent months. Just a few weeks ago, the Ho-Chunk Nation buried two members in the same week because of opioid overdoses.

That event motivated members to come together May 17-18 at the Ho-Chunk Casino in Black River Falls and provide three sessions on opiate overdose treatment, Narcan, use, training a total of 120 people.

Tena Quackenbush, a member of the Ho-Chunk Nation, and Laura Runchey, from the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin, gave a rundown of how to use Narcan, where it can be picked up and answered questions from the crowd.

Narcan doses can come in either a vial with a needle or in a nasal spray device.