ELIZABETH/ROSELLE/ROSELLE PARK, NJ - The Union County Prosecutors Office released their final police-administered Naloxone (Narcan) deployment map of 2018.

According to a map that was released, there were 307 incidents where Narcan had to be used in Union County this past year. The map also shows that there were 114 O.D. fatalities in 2018. 

According to the Union County Prosecutor’s Office, while 307 is just a number, every one of that total marks a second chance for someone at their lowest, and possibly moments away from being gone forever. The map in the photo gallery also shows the towns in Union County and how many times Narcan had to be used. 

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In Roselle with a population of 21,085 had 7 instances, while in Roselle Park, a population of 13,297 had police administer to 12 people. The City of Elizabeth, population 124,969 (4th largest City in NJ), had 25 deployments.

Neighboring towns showed Kenilworth with 14, Cranford had 14, and the highest totals of the county were Union at 65 and Linden had 66.

“The City of Elizabeth continues to ensure that our first responders have the tools and training they need to tackle the opioid crisis head-on,” said Mayor J. Christian Bollwage. “All 68 of our Police Supervisors, as well as EMS and Fire Officials, are trained in administering this life-saving option and work directly with residents to reduce the unnecessary opioid overdoses.” 

"The numbers would indicate that the opioid crisis has hit Roselle Park disproportionately hard in comparison to its Union County neighbors,” said Newly elected Mayor Joesph Signorello III. “I look forward to working with my professionals, especially the fine men and women of the RPPD to get to the core of these issues, and make sure we're dealing with substance abuse across the board as best as we can." 

With Roselle having a very low number, we asked Mayor Christine Dansereau for her comments on what Roselle is doing with the issues of drug abuse in her town. She mentioned programs such as the Roselle Everett Hatcher Drug Coalition and Prevention Links, both work in the schools and with the community as a whole providing education and help to stop drug abuse in the community. Her remarks can be viewed below. 

According to Officials, as with past years approximately 95 percent of those persons that Narcan is needed, wind up surviving.

About Narcan: Naloxone or Narcan, essentially serves as an antidote to opioid overdose. When someone takes too much of an opioid, their breathing slows down and can stop completely. Narcan blocks the effects of opioids and reverses overdose symptoms. It works on overdoses of heroin and prescription painkillers such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, and morphine.

When a person stops breathing after overdosing, Narcan can restore breathing within two to five minutes, preventing brain injury and death by overdose.

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