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Police Would Carry Heroin Antidote To Reverse Overdoses

Antidote is a nasal inhalant

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All 33 police agencies in Ocean County early next year could begin carrying a heroin antidote that can reverse the effects of those overdosing on the drug, according to the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office.

With more than 100 drug overdose deaths throughout Ocean County in 2013 so far and county agencies proclaiming an epidemic in the dealing and consumption of heroin, the antidote would be carried by local police EMS who are often the first responders to overdose calls.

Al Della Fave of the county prosecutor’s office said the antidote will be paid for by money seized from drug dealers, called “forfeiture dollars.”

The antidote, according to the Associated Press, is nasal inhalant form of Narcan, which is the brand name of the prescription drug naloxone. It costs $25 for each inhalant. The county expects training the police force to take about 90 days, and that police responders will begin carrying the antidote as early next year, the Associated Press reported.

Fave said the cost of equipping and training police with the antidote will be paid solely through the use of forfeited drug money, and involves no taxpayer dollars.

“Program will be paid for with drug forfeiture monies,” Fave announced in a post from the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office. “Dealers will pay to save the lives of those they victimize.”

The drug aids in reversing the effects of heroin and other opiates, allowing first responders to address an overdose as the victim is transported to the hospital for further treatment.

Ed Forrester December 05, 2013 at 04:38 PM
Why waste the money, effort and time! Why worry the police and townships with the possibility of a lawsuit by criminals and their families! They knew what they doing before hand!
John Williams December 05, 2013 at 05:10 PM
I agree with you there ED..police can get training to do this but they are not license medical personnel. What they be giving them is a drug ( the antidote). If they die no matter what..the families of these druggies will sue for wrongful death. Bet bet..leave it alone by police/emt and haul their butts to hospital if they can be saved.
Jen andzeski December 06, 2013 at 01:05 AM
do you self-righteous, narrow-minded jerks realize that this can and will save lives?! why would the families of a victim sue the people that tried to save their loved one's life? are you kidding me??? perhaps you should educate yourselves about the nature of addiction before you start throwing around words like druggies- no one is exempt to the disease of addiction- it can happen to anyone. it does not discriminate!!! narcan can be safely and easily adminstered by the general public with a course provides by the opiate task force as part of a proactive team with the ocean county health department. i just hope and pray that no one that you love ever succumbs to the disease of addiction, although maybe then you'd actually have some empathy and compassion!!!!!
John Williams December 06, 2013 at 01:23 AM
Jen, hate to tell you about life these days..but people are sued everyday..even HERO's. Read plenty of news about persons arriving first at a vehicle accident and pulled the driver out or performed CPR on them they are hero's... but they were sued by the drivers..courts say they had no medical license to touch them and awarded the driver..pulling a driver out they broke his/her arm or performing CPR they broke ribs..yes saved their lives but..these days its all about $$$$.. Would I help someone being first to arrive at an accident..yes I would and I know I can be sued by them ( not all sue but plenty out there do.. so beware of results).
Marc Micciulla December 06, 2013 at 11:16 AM
Naloxone is only for opiate overdoses. What about stimulant ODs, unknown ODs, etc? Many prescription pill overdoses are a combination of several medications. What are the negative side effects of giving Naloxone to a non opiate overdose? Here is a quote from rxlist.com:"Opioid withdrawal syndrome may occur in some patients given large doses of Narcan. Severe side effects of Narcan include agitation, hypo- and hypertension, cardiac arrhythmias, dyspnea, pulmonary edema, encephalopathy, seizures, coma, and death. Studies on the use of this drug in pregnant and women who are breastfeeding have not been done." Police are not medics. First Responders are not medics. EMTs are not medics. I agree that it has saved many lives, but remember, if the person has ODed Naloxone is not a magic cure. That person can be given several doses and still be dead on arrival. Also, a combination of an opiate and alcohol are common and there are greater side effect risks that can not be attended to until the arrival of medics or upon being transported to the E.R. Additionally, why should police and first responders be allowed to administer Naloxone to an addict but not an epi-pen for child or adult with an allergic reaction, aspirin for pain, or nitro for a heart attack? And John is right, especially here in New Jersey. People WILL sue. Governments will pay to keep the lawsuits out of court, because they cost more to defend, even if 100% in the right, then to pay a lump sum, and therefore, residents will be footing to bill to a greater extent beyond money. There will be law suits, long-term care, increased taxes, salaries and overtime for people to testify, costs of experts witnesses, costs of the trial to get a jury (which no one wants to due anyway), etc. Oh, and the police can't prosecute those other addicts if they call 911.

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