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Prosecutor's Office Offering Free Narcan Monday To Families Of Heroin Addicts

The Ocean County Prosecutor's Office will give out 100 free Naloxone, better known as Narcan, kits on Monday to kits to families dealing with the effects of heroin.

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.
suz July 08, 2014 at 07:52 AM
chris...easier said than done.
Mary Ann nobol July 08, 2014 at 08:54 AM
Chris... Rehab centers are not free unless it is court ordered. You make it sound so simple. I watched a family three years ago in tears trying to get help for heroin addiction. It costs thousands of dollars per month for treatment. If you don't have the money or insurance you don't get help. I understand how people feel when you work hard for a living and watch your tax dollars go to things like this and people collecting free rent and other things etc... I don't know what else can be done until they can eliminate this drug, which will never happen. Please remember that not all addicts are gutter rats that come from broken homes and the ghetto. Some are very welleeducated such as doctors and laywers. And yes, the person makes the decision to try it, I don't think these young kids really think it is so addictive. I would like to know what the dealers are telling them to get them to try it. Please try no to speak badly about the families of addicts. No one looks at their baby and says, when he/she grows up I want them to become an addict.
suz July 08, 2014 at 10:02 AM
Tolerance would help here people.....
Juliana Brady July 08, 2014 at 11:40 AM
Well that's really great that it was announced on the day of it happening. I'm just finding out about it on July 8th. Thanks for the heads up!
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