TOTOWA, NJ - Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes and Totowa Police Chief Robert W. Coyle announce that law enforcement officers in Passaic County administered naloxone to a local resident on Jan. 25. Naloxone is a medicine administered by way of a spray into the subject’s nostrils to counteract an opioid overdose.

Totowa police officers deployed Naloxone at 1:45 p.m. to a 38-year-old man who resides in Totowa. When officers arrived at the location, the subject was observed to be unresponsive, breathing slowly and had blue lips. Officers administered one dose of naloxone and the subject became responsive. Care of the subject was transferred to local emergency medical services.

Responding officers reported observing seven full and six empty envelopes of suspected heroin at the scene.

Since 2014, members of law enforcement in Passaic County have received training in the administration of naloxone to respond to suspected opiate overdoses. This incident is the 13th naloxone deployment in Passaic County in 2017 so far.