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Seaside Heights Cops Use Narcan to Save Second OD Victim

Heroin overdose deaths down this year, officials say

A Narcan nasal spray dispenser being demonstrated at the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office, Toms River, N.J. (Photo: Daniel Nee)
A Narcan nasal spray dispenser being demonstrated at the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office, Toms River, N.J. (Photo: Daniel Nee)
Seaside Heights police officers saved the life of a drug overdose victim with the help of Narcan, a medication that temporarily reverses the effects of opiates.

The medication was recently approved for law enforcement officers to carry by Gov. Chris Christie after Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato spearheaded a program in the county.

The most recent save came just before 3 a.m. Tuesday when Seaside Heights Patrolman Erik Hershey responded to the Desert Palm Inn on North Ocean Avenue in Seaside Park, said Al Della Fave, spokesman for the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office.

There, he administered the Narcan nasal spray and the female victim, described as being in her mid-twenties, immediately became responsive. Tri-Boro First Aid Squad ultimately transported the victim to Community Medical Center in Toms River where she is recovering.

"Once again a victim of heroin has been given a chance to choose a path away from addiction, and loved ones have been spared the grief of a loved one’s death," said Coronato, in a statement. "To date [in 2014] there have been 25 overdose deaths, compared to 40 over the same period last year. We’re not ready to claim success, but the downward trend is something we pray can be sustained into the future."

The first save of an overdose victim sine the program began earlier this month came on April 6, when a male overdose victim, also in his twenties, was revived when Seaside Heights Patrolman Dan Davis administered the Narcan spray.

The Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office developed the program’s policy and training protocols in early January of this year, and will assist other counties across New    Jersey in starting their own Narcan programs. The first Narcan Kits were distributed throughout the county over the past month.

"I commend Ocean County’s municipal police departments for embracing the Narcan program. I’m confident this is the start of a significant number of lives that will be saved by officers armed with this valuable tool," said Coronato, who will thank the officers credited with the first two saves at the Seaside Heights police station on Wednesday.
Brittney April 23, 2014 at 10:16 AM
what if it was your child ?
Brittney April 23, 2014 at 10:24 AM
when someone passes away, we all are questioned with what could have we done for them to help or prevent it or what if i was there a little bit sooner... now we have a prevention for a chance for a better life, a preventative and you that ignorant... know one knows what brought them down this road of darkness. what drove them to put a needle in their arm. Or what drives people to their own vices. But to loose hope is terrible. These are teens and young lost adults who loose hope in themselves and self medicate and become sick with the dependency of this drug same as any addiction. As for the drug dealers they should be put away for life for all i care.
Howard M. Syvarth April 23, 2014 at 01:27 PM
Oh to waste of DNA and other compounds that make up a living organism, the humanoid that calls them self "letsgetreal" is a living example of never underestimate the power of human stupidity. I bet your black and white ivory tower must be a neat pace to live and the small slice of the universe you see is extrapolated to fill the void. Drug use, drug sales and abuse do not fit into your cookie cutter simplistic world view. You want to end this mess, stop the failed war on drugs. Get the criminal element out of the high profit business. Prohibition lead to the growth of the mafia. Make drugs unprofitable to the gangsters and the world as you know it will change for the better.
Heywood April 23, 2014 at 03:58 PM
No syvarth, it appears you're own ivory tower has clouded your judgment. Let the drug user know there are consequences to his/her choice and then see how well they deal with it. You seem to be suggesting a more liberal policy to drug use, which will lead to an even more impaired society.
Juliana Brady May 19, 2014 at 12:31 PM
You are correct Heywood. A person that lives in reality knows that legalization will do nothing for those who are drug addicts. The alcohol industry banks on those alcoholic's who can never say "I just had one." One is too many and a thousand is never enough. Legalizing drugs will result in the same crisis.

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