BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township Councilman Matthew Moench hosted a second free community Narcan Training May 8, in consultation with Rutgers University and Robert Wood Johnson Medical School's Division of Addiction Psychiatry.
The event, according to a release, brought together citizens from around the community to learn how to recognize overdose symptoms and implement life saving strategies during an overdose, like rescue breathing and the administration of naloxone.
Jose Cruz presented the program on behalf of Robert Wood Johnson and Rutgers, the release said, and he provided a history of the opioid epidemic, an explanation of how opioids impact the brain and how to identify an overdose victim. Participants received free doses of Narcan, as well as gloves and a rescue breathing mask.
"This program continues to be in demand in our community, and makes our township safer," Moench said in the release. "Every time we do this program, we learn more about the need for the tools to fight opioid abuse within our community, and I'm encouraged by our citizens who take steps to make sure that they are in a position to possibly save a life. Narcan is not a way to end the opioid crisis, but it allows us the opportunity to give a second chance to someone who otherwise wouldn't have it."
Moench, according to the release, has called on the township to evaluate the implementation of On POINT, which uses private partnerships and grant funding to partner social workers with the police department for earlier intervention and identification of problems in the community, including mental health and substance abuse disorder.
Moench said in the release that he is hoping to bring this program back to the community in the future.