MORRISTOWN, NJ - Atlantic Health donated 17 cases or 170 doses of Narcan to Morris County law enforcement, stated Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp. Narcan is used by patrol vehicles to ensure the antidote is administered quickly to individuals suffering from an overdose from heroin or presciption opiates. According to authorities, this life saving anti- opiate antidote used to counter the effects of an overdose can cost a polic department approximately $42.00 per dose.
“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.”
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. Atlantic Health System’s donation will benefit the 24 police departments; including those in 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.”