Mark Born’s Narcan Bill Garners Unanimous Support In State Assembly

(Beaver Dam) Legislation that would make a life-saving drug more readily available for jail staff garnered unanimous support in the State Assembly Tuesday. The bill was introduced by State Representative Mark Born of Beaver Dam after being contacted by Dodge County Deputy Jail Administrator Jason Hundt about county jailers having the appropriate training and resources to administer Narcan. The opioid antidote can be used to completely or partially reverse an opioid overdose. The bill would add county jailers to the current statute which establishes a framework for all levels of EMT and first responders to be trained on how to administer the drug. Born says this will be especially useful for county jailers in smaller, rural communities who are not equipped with 24-hour nursing staff. Born and Hundt testified before both the Senate and Assembly standing committees earlier this month. The bill is now headed to the state senate.