DENVILLE, NJ-- Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp today announced that Atlantic Health System has donated 17 cases—or 170 doses—of Narcan® to Morris County law enforcement. Narcan is a life-saving anti-opiate antidote used to counter the effects of an opiate overdose, and can cost a police department approximately $42.00 per dose

The donation of Narcan® will assist police departments in obtaining or restocking their Narcan® supply during fiscally tight budgetary times. Narcan® will be deployed in front-line patrol vehicles to ensure the antidote is administered quickly to individuals suffering from an overdose from heroin or prescription opiates.

“Atlantic Health System and the law enforcement agencies of Morris County have a common goal to protect the well-being of the people who live in our communities,” said Alan J. Robinson Director of Protection and Security Services and Emergency Management for Atlantic Health System. “This donation further demonstrates Atlantic Health System’s commitment to ensuring the health of our community.”

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Atlantic Health System’s donation will benefit the following police departments:

Boonton Township

Butler Borough

Chatham Borough

Chatham Township

Chester Borough

Denville Township

Florham Park Borough

Hanover Township

Jefferson Township

Lincoln Park Borough

Long Hill Township

Mendham Borough

Mendham Township

Mount Arlington Borough                             

Morris County Sheriff’s Office

Morris County Park Police

Mt. Olive Township

Netcong Borough

Pequannock Township

Riverdale Borough

Rockaway Township

Roxbury Township

Washington Township

Wharton Borough

“Narcan has become an important tool for members of law enforcement to use on the front lines of the heroin and opiate epidemic,” said Prosecutor Knapp.  “Since the inception of the Morris County Narcan Program in the summer of 2014, Morris County law enforcement has been able to save numerous lives, providing overdose victims a second chance to seek treatment for their addiction. We greatly appreciate the support of Atlantic Health System and especially Director Alan Robinson for their continuing support and for putting a critical live-saving tool in the hands of law enforcement.”

The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office recently announced that 42 people were saved in Morris County during 2015 by the administration of Narcan® by police officers.

Any inquiries can be directed to Deputy Chief Denise H. Arseneault at 973-285-6262 or DArseneault@co.morris.nj.us.