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.

Flaco Montaquilla December 05, 2013 at 02:55 PM
This is rediclous that money is being spent on this.
BrickAmericanMan December 05, 2013 at 04:22 PM
if you read you will see its being paying with seized drug money...not tax dollars. This is the drug of choice now and it will save a few highschool students lives i bet. good call cops.
Flaco Montaquilla December 05, 2013 at 04:57 PM
Seized drug money or tax dollars it doesn't matter paying to train cops for 3 months just to learn how to administer the antidote is foolish. That seized drug money could be going to better use. Why not go after the drug dealers putting the drugs in their hands. Also, Parents who parent their kids correctly can save their children's lives before it comes to this. If their are that many kids overdosing that this is the only option then it sounds to me that the cops aren't doing their job by keeping this drug off the streets. "Good job Cops"
Vinnie Vincent December 05, 2013 at 06:05 PM
^ Youre a piece of work. Addiction affects ALL WALKS OF LIFE regardless of race, privilege etc. So for you to allude to parents raising their kids to not touch drugs is a very foolish statement. Ive known/dealt w/ addicts in Brick for 17yrs & MOST of them came from great homes.
Flaco Montaquilla December 05, 2013 at 06:19 PM
Bonnie you can come from a great home it doesn't mean they are good parents.
Cindy Williams December 06, 2013 at 07:54 AM
Flaco you obviously have no idea what you are talking about. Do you know how many Dr's themselves become addicted to opiates? It can affect anyone so stop judging
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common sense December 06, 2013 at 08:11 PM
What a waste of money and time! Let them drop dead.
Melinda Murray December 06, 2013 at 11:13 PM
Waste of time. Long term recovery from heroin is to low .8- 1 percent. So they will just be prolonging the outcome of jail death or both. We pay for people in jail so either way the cost is back on the tax payer. Prevention is the only thing we haven't tried.Try putting that money into prevention in middle schools and grade schools.
Kitchen Craftsman December 08, 2013 at 08:44 PM
I agree waste of money and I'm very sure the cops themselves do not want to giving the antidote either. The police are to fight crime not be doctors. Call a Ambulance.


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