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Toms River EMTs First in N.J. to Save Patient Using Narcan

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)
The Toms River Township Office of Emergency Management EMS Division is the first EMS Agency in the State to administer Narcan in order to save the life of an unresponsive drug overdose victim, officials announced.

Narcan, also known as naloxone, is a drug that temporarily reverses the effects of opiates such as heroin. It was put on the fleet of the ambulances just five hours earlier.

Toms River Township EMT Frank Civitano said emergency medical technicians administered Narcan to an unidentified male in his late 20s, at a township residence on April 24 at about 4:11 p.m.

When EMTs arrived, the individual was in cardiac arrest and CPR was being performed by the Toms River Police Department, Civitano said. Once EMS administered Narcan, the individual regained consciousness and was transported by ambulance to Kimball Medical Center in Lakewood.

“It was a great feeling to see a person recover and to save someone’s life. I’m thankful that we have Narcan on all of our Township ambulances,” said Civitano, in a prepared statement.

Paul Daley, the Township’s Emergency Management Coordinator and Director of EMS, said drug overdoses have increased significantly over the last few years. In 2013, the Township EMS responded to 182 overdoses, many of which could have been reversed by Narcan.

“We are the first EMS agency in New Jersey to use Narcan and our hope is that before long all EMS agencies in the state follow suit,” said Daley.

In order to qualify to carry Narcan, the township’s EMTs were required to complete a course of instruction approved by the state Department of Health and the EMS program medical director, Dr. Lawrence DesRochers. Kevin Monagahn, the Township’s EMS Supervisor ordered the drug and had all EMTs trained in five days.

Volunteer squads in the township are currently training with Narcan and will also soon be equipped with it.
Spooner April 29, 2014 at 01:07 PM
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Frank April 29, 2014 at 08:33 PM
Spooner. I have no idea what you are talking about. All I know the day compassion for your fellow man are sister is gone then we may as well become no better then animals hunting each other down like dogs. I am a highly recognized businessman in my field and I'm not a liberal, I'm a caring understanding person that will help anyone in need! Drug addiction sometimes is born into a newborn left for adoption and it's a rough road through life for them. I know a person that was born an addict and till the day he dies will always be a attic, can't drink can't take any prescription meds and can't even take antihistamines, a very well known person and highly respected but he's not looked down on and the only people that know are close to him. If he lost control of himself God Forbid would you think that this person is not worth saving? Think About That. Someone close to you can be an attic and you may never know. Just some food for thought!
Brandy the Dog April 29, 2014 at 09:06 PM
Frank, you male, you! How dare you challenge the leader. Your days are numbered bucko!
grace April 30, 2014 at 09:32 AM
gather the troops!!!

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