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Milwaukee class teaches how to use anti-overdose drug Narcan

Posted at 10:10 PM, Nov 08, 2017

After losing a child to a drug overdose, one mother prepares to save others through a program to teach people how to handle the anti-overdose drug Narcan.

"Maybe I'll be at the right place at the right time for somebody else," Pat Jorgensen said.

Pat's daughter, Tiffany, died five years ago at the age of 29. She's left raising Tiffany's daughter.

"Not a day goes by that I don't think of her and miss her," Pat said. "When someone gets engrossed in a drug addiction, it's really hard coming out of it. It's the hardest thing to get off of. As her mother, I will always feel like what did I do? Maybe I did something wrong? It's been a very hard road. The whole family has been through a lot. It's not something you just get over."

Pat and her son were among dozens who showed up to receive free Narcan, and training on how to use it to potentially save a life.

The training session was held at the Water Tower in Milwaukee's Bay View neighborhood Wednesday night. In this case, the Aids Resource Center of Wisconsin (ARCW) has a Prevention Department that provided the free Narcan and training. The organization often gets requests from community and church group to host training sessions at no cost.

Everyone who attended the meeting went home with three syringes and three vials of Narcan, as well as reminders on how to properly use it.