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Passaic County Saves 50th Drug User in 2017 After Saving Nine in Paterson Just Last Week


PATERSON, N.J. - The Passaic County Prosecutors office has announced through a series of media releases this week that nine people in total in Paterson were revived last week, bringing the total to 50, using the controversial anti-opiate drug "Naxolone".

Naxolone is an anti-opiate drug that is administered through the nostrils of an unresponsive victim that may be experiencing an overdose. The drug works to counter act the opiates and revive the victim, which sometimes makes people refer to it as a "Rescue Shot".

In last weeks cases six of the victims were young adults under 26 years old, and three of the cases or a third, involved the homeless. Critics renewed their claims that  Naxolone has created a safety net for users, and that a city like Paterson that is strapped for resources cannot afford to provide the drug.

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In an interview with  Dr. Lewis Nelson, a professor of emergency medicine and toxicology at New York University Langone Medical Center said that some users will experience an intense withdraw after being administered Naloxone which makes some users take additional opiates. He warned that if you end up taking extra opioids to overcome the naloxone, you could end up re-sedating. "If you're not in the hospital, you're going to die," Nelson said.

Since 1996 The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports that more than 26,000 overdoses have been reversed. Passaic County Law Enforcement officers have been trained in administering the drug since 2014.



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