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Toms River to Equip Ambulances With Heroin Antidote Drug

Volunteer squads are undergoing training now

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)
Toms River will equip all of its ambulances with Narcan, a drug recently approved for use in New Jersey which temporarily reverses the effects of an opiate overdose.

The decision on the part of Toms River officials comes following a waiver having been granted by the commissioner of the State Department of Health that allows Emergency Medical Technicians to administer the drug. Previously, only trained police officers were able to carry it.

According to Paul Daley, the township's Emergency Management Coordinator and Director of EMS, in 2013 the Toms River Township EMS responded to 182 overdoses, many of which could have been reversed by Narcan.

Last year, Toms River had the eighth highest rate of heroin addiction of any town in New Jersey.

"Narcan can reverse the overdose in minutes, often allowing victims to breathe without assistance," said Daley.

In order to qualify to carry the medication, the program’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.

Toms River employs 16 full-time Community Service Officer EMTs and provides emergency medical service. There are also five volunteer EMS agencies. The volunteers will likely be equipped with Narcan eventually, officials said, and training for those squads is ongoing.

According to the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office, six lives have been saved so far in 2014 thanks to Narcan. Police officers have been equipped with Narcan since early April.
A-Ball April 26, 2014 at 07:35 AM
Sorry...Know
Genrl Quarters April 26, 2014 at 08:29 AM
Wasn't there something called a D.A.R.E. program back in the day ? How'd that work out ? Oh, I guess it didn't. It'll be interesting to see the results of this new 'initiative'....I wonder what the stats will be on how many have their lives saved by EMTs only to start using again the minute they're released from the hospital.
Brandy the Dog April 26, 2014 at 09:15 AM
humans 20 undertakers 0...
Genrl Quarters April 26, 2014 at 09:51 AM
@*.....no, just delayed a little bit...
Brandy the Dog April 26, 2014 at 09:54 AM
a stitch in time saves nine ask anybenny...

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