Prosecutor's Office Offering Free Narcan to Families of Addicts

So far, 52 lives have been saved by the anti-opiate drug in Ocean County this year

Patch File Photo: Daniel Nee
Patch File Photo: Daniel Nee
The Ocean County Prosecutor's Office will give out 100 free Naloxone, better known as Narcan, kits to families who feel the drug can give a second chance for their addicted love one.

Narcan is an inhaled medication that can be given to a person who has overdosed on an opiate drug. Narcan temporarily reverses the effects of opium and allows a patient to survive until they can be treated in a hospital. Earlier this year, Ocean County police officers and other first responders began carrying the drug as part of a state pilot.

The prosecutor's office will offer the drug at the Preferred Behavioral Health Center, 725 Airport Road, Lakewood, on July 7 at 6 p.m. when the Ocean County Opiate Task Force, Preferred Behavioral Health, Prevention First and Dr. Raj Juneja hold a "Family Night" as part of their monthly Town Hall meeting.

The first 100 family members to arrive at the “Family Night” event, who feel Naloxone can be a second chance for their addicted love one, will receive a free Naloxone kit.  A training video and demonstration on administering Naloxone will be presented.  Additionally, Dr.Juneja, a member of the board will be on site to discuss the effects of Naloxone and to write prescriptions for families in need.

Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato said he has worked with a number of Ocean County pharmacies to have Naloxone regularly on hand for purchase.  The list of pharmacies and the Naloxone training video can be found on the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office website at www.oceancountyprosecutor.org.

To date, according to the prosecutor's office, 52 people have been saved by Narcan since first responders in Ocean County began carrying it earlier this year.

The pilot program, which has now been expanded to the rest of the state, was spearheaded by Coronato.

Mac July 03, 2014 at 01:27 PM
wow! - this is pure textbook education - the comments here are exhibit A as to why someone like Gilmore is worshiped as the Ocean County GOP leader - a society that respects itself deals with its problems responsibly, especially its problems that are self-created - now I know the true reason Governor Christie is the overwhelming Ocean County choice of the voters - he deals with his problems by running away from them while calling them nasty names instead of being man enough to deal with them upfront - it's like Christie is Florida's Zimmerman, standing his ground with force against the unarmed
J Michaels July 03, 2014 at 02:32 PM
Are the "victims" saved by these kits subsequently charged with possession of CDS when they come to? And if not, why not?
McCorry July 03, 2014 at 02:38 PM
Only in NJ do you get your very own OD kit to take home with you for that unexpected OD. No wonder the rest of the country laughs at New Jersey.
Raptor July 03, 2014 at 05:24 PM
if there's money to buy the drugs in the first place then there has to be some money to pay for the Narcan. Free...what a joke! give 'em the drugs for free and charge 'em for the Narcan if they want to live.
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