With news outlets reporting daily about New Jersey’s escalating heroin epidemic, and resulting increase in overdose deaths, we commend Governor Chris Christie for signing the waiver to allow EMTs to administer Narcan to help reverse the potentially fatal effects of opioid intoxication.
If not fatal, an opioid overdose can cause devastating brain injury. In essence, “time is brain.”
Because EMTs, who provide basic life support (BLS), often are first to reach patients, it makes sense to equip them with such a life-saving tool. We stand ready to work with the governor, his staff, and Health Commissioner Mary O’Dowd in developing training and implementation guidelines for this new policy. With such a tremendous need for early intervention during this state’s heroin crisis, we can’t afford to wait.
President, New Jersey State First Aid Council
The NJSFAC represents more than 20,000 EMS volunteers affiliated with 300+ first aid and rescue squads throughout the state.
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