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Ocean, Monmouth Hospitals to Replenish Police Officers’ Supplies of Narcan

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Narcan (Credit: PunchingJudy/Flickr)
Narcan (Credit: PunchingJudy/Flickr)

Prosecutors in Ocean and Monmouth counties on Wednesday jointly announced a program that will keep police officers in possession of Narcan, a drug which reverses opiate drug overdoses, after their supplies are used on a patient.

Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph Coronato and acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni said the partnership with Meridian Health, Barnabas Health and CentraState Medical Center will allow law enforcement officers to exchange one-for-one the empty Narcan syringes used to resuscitate the overdose victims for a ready-to-use new dose of the overdose antidote. When two doses are used in the resuscitation process, two used doses will be exchanged for two new ready-to-use doses.

Narcan, also known as naloxone, has been used 142 times to revive patients overdosing on heroin or prescription painkillers so far in 2015, officials said following a press conference. When the Narcan program was first started in Ocean County in 2014, doses of the drug were funded with money seized from criminal activity, but that type of expenditure on a recurring basis is prohibited by law. That prompted the partnership with local hospitals.

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“This partnership highlights the importance of our first responders, and will keep every officer equipped with the naloxone that has proven itself as an important weapon in our fight against these deadly overdoses,” Coronato said. “We are grateful they are joining law enforcement, helping ensure lives are saved, and keeping those officers armed and at the ready to aid an overdose victim.”

A comparison of the number of heroin or prescription opiate deaths to the number of naloxone deployments shows what officials called a “chilling reality for the pervasiveness of the epidemic.”

In Ocean County, there were 129 deployments of naloxone in 2014, which resulted in 121 reversals and 8 deaths. In Monmouth County, 99 naloxone deployments saw 86 reversals and 13 deaths.

Since April 2014, law enforcement officers in Monmouth and Ocean counties responded to no less than 468 opiate-related overdoses with a slightly better than 90 percent success rate. For those who have been treated with naloxone because of a heroin or prescription opiate overdose, the average age is 33 years old, with an age range from 15 to 78.

Naloxone is administered using a nasal spray that gradually revives an overdose victim to allow for transport to a local hospital.


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  • Frank Rizzo

    This just hides the bigger issue of drugs flooding into our towns that were once stopped on the highways. The heavy handed anti profiling measures which took power and authority away from police to stop and find drugs and guns through motor vehicle stops have helped fuel this. If all of these people died then maybe we would have true public outrage to pressure our goverment to stop this all togeather. MADD still to this day has more power and say over DWI than anyone has over this issue. Yet if a black church is struck by lightning in a storm it gets 24 hour news coverage in hopes of the press ginning up controversy and even violence.

    • JW

      If they were profiling suspected drug dealers in Brick, they’d be profiling white people. Glad they aren’t, I can’t afford to be stopped every time I get in the car or walk down the street.

      • Frank Rizzo

        It is a shame you feel guilty about your race, where are the white drug dealers getting their supply from…Paterson…Newark,.brooklyn…all being supplied by black and Hispanic gangs and cartels. All being driven here….to,be sold,to our kids. And stupid liberals like yourself all truly believe we are better off because the police can no longer stop and search cars….now it is drugs…soon it will be weapons for ISIS and worse.

      • JW

        I’m sure a huge percent of the drug trade around here is controlled by the 5 Families at the highest level. You know, the Italian Mafia, right? Mostly white. Tens of thousands of members and associates. Such nice people. We should profile them- I’m sure you’d love that.

      • Frank Rizzo

        More people have died from or would have died from heroin this last year than any amount ever killed by drunk drivers maybe even nationwide. Yet all you see fit is to spew lies about Italians p. Glad you think this subject is funny, glad you take the sides of the urban dwellers who are killing our children while liberals like you Are afraid to touch them.

      • JW

        Stop deflecting from the issue- a very large group of criminal Italians profit from the drug trade they control! And people like you provide cover to them out of embarrassment! These criminals need to be stopped and that starts with racially profiling everyone of Italian origins.

      • Frank Rizzo

        Now we see who you are.

  • SoWhat?
    • Frank Rizzo

      I saw this earlier and thank you for posting it. So much goes uncovered even by Fox News which I find to be lacking and hiding much of the truth about America these days.

      • JW

        Oh look, another excuse for 2 white supremacists to feel like victims! Cue the undeserved righteous indignity

  • Concerned Brick Resident

    YEY! MORE NARCAN SO WE CAN HAVE MORE PEOPLE IN REHAB TREATMENTS, AND TAKING UP SPACE IN THE COURTS. SEND THESE PEOPLE TO JAIL