MONTVILLE, NJ - Chief Rudy Appelmann announced Tuesday that the Montville Township Police Department has begun carrying Nasal Narcan in their patrol cars. The patrol officers received training on how to administer the Narcan through Atlantic Health.
Narcan is a federally approved drug that has no euphoric properties and possesses minimal side effects. It works by blocking the opiate receptors in the brain and provides a window of opportunity to save lives by providing extra time for medical attention and emergency help to arrive. The sooner Narcan is administered, the better the outcome can be.
Narcan is usually given by intramuscular (IM) injection (into the muscle of the arm, thigh or buttocks) or with a nasal spray device (into the nose). It will take effect within five minutes and may need to be repeated, depending on an individual's response. It lasts about 30 minutes and if administrated to a person who is not experiencing an overdose, it cannot harm the patient. Montville Township will employ the nasal device.
Gov. Chris Christie signed the Overdose Prevention Act into law in May, 2013. The law paved the way to allow a physician to prescribe an opiate antidote Naloxone (Narcan) to anyone who may be in a position to assist another individual during an opiate overdose. The State Attorney General’s Office set up a pilot training program to train police officers in the administration of Narcan in early 2014.
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