Wausau EMS calls for drug overdose: 'It’s kind of becoming a common theme'

  • Source: WSAW-TV CBS/MyNetworkTV/CW+ 7 Wausau
  • Published: 02/29/2024 12:00 AM

VIDEO: The Wausau Fire Department is seeing stronger drugs than what their life-saving medications are equipped for and it’s forcing them to use more than the standard. Wausau Fire Department EMS Division Chief Jared Thompson said when they see an increase in overdose calls, it comes in spurts. It’s very dependent on what drugs are in the area and how strong they are. “It’s kind of becoming a common theme,” said EMS Division Chief Jared Thompson, Wausau Fire Department. EMS Division Chief Jared Thompson is referring to overdose calls. He said that 20 years ago when he began his career in fire and EMS that wasn’t the case. “Years ago, it was occasionally we had calls that involved an overdose. Usually, it was an accidental overdose of prescription medications and not illegal opioids,” said Chief Thompson.


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