Gundersen Tri-State Ambulance begins distributing naloxone kits

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – Gundersen Tri-State Ambulance is now offering free emergency equipment to help certain patients.

The ambulance service is the first in Wisconsin to distribute naloxone kits to prevent drug overdoses after a 911 call.

Each kit comes with naloxone nasal spray, a pocket mask for rescue breathing, and a community resource guide.

Gundersen’s emergency medicine physician says they’ve been pushing for this for 4 years. State regulations prevented them from doing so but they’ve recently been lifted.

Gundersen experts say they hope these kits help combat an ongoing issue locally.

“You know, we’re looking at any way we can to stem the tide to this overdose increase that we have in our community,” emergency medicine physician Chris Eberlein, M.D. said. “And this is another component of that.”

Twenty-seven people in La Crosse County have already died from drug overdoses this year.

Tri-State Ambulance got a statewide grant to help start this program.

Each ambulance has one kit and will be re-stocked after every 911 call.