Gov. Christie authorizes expansion of Narcan program for heroin overdoses

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Christie Rotondo/Two different types of Narcan are displayed. It can come as a nasal spray or injected with a needle to stop an overdose. Christie Rotondo/Two different types of Narcan are displayed. It can come as a nasal spray or injected with a needle to stop an overdose. EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP –  As expected, Gov. Chris Christie today (Tuesday, June 17) announced the expansion of a program authorizing first responders across the state to use Narcan to stop a heroin or opiate drug overdose.

 “The heroin epidemic in this country is real. In New Jersey we are taking steps to address this issue and hopefully save a life,” Christie said during his announcement.

The pilot program launched this spring trained and equipped police officers in Ocean and Monmouth counties to administer the antidote Narcan to people suffering from heroin and prescription narcotic overdoses. The announcement today opens those services up to all of the New Jersey’s counties.

Narcan is a trademarked version of the drug Naloxone;  the antidote is also known as Nalone and Narcanti. It was developed in the 1960s and is used to counter opiate overdoses.

Atlantic County Acting Prosecutor James McClain said Atlantic County is prepared to support the local responders.

 “We have a policy ready to go when the attorney general and governor give us the green light,” McClain said June 9. 

“Any municipality in Atlantic County will be given the guidelines and all they have to do is adhere to those guidelines,” he told The Current. “It’s basically a copy of the Ocean County program, and they can roll it out when they are ready.”

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