WARREN, NJ - The first Narcan assisted save by the Warren Township Police in 2017 took place on Mount Horeb Road on Thursday.
While on a motor vehicle traffic stop on Mount Horeb Road, Officer. Jeff Sohler, of the Warren Township Police Department, was flagged down by a passing motorist who reported her passenger was unconscious and unresponsive.
An initial assessment revealed the passenger, a 41 year old male, had a purple skin tone, no pulse, was not breathing and had been in that state for approximately ten minutes.
Seargent Gleeson, and Officers Bennett and Barbieri arrived on the scene and after CPR was attempted, it was determined that the male had overdosed on an opiate.
Due to their department wide training (September 2014) in recognizing opiate (Heroin) overdoses and the deployment of Naloxone (Narcan), it was administered to the male. Narcan is a medication that reverses opiate overdoses and in most cases revives the victim.
Several minutes following the administering of two individual Narcan treatments, the male was revived and transported by Atlantic Ambulance EMS-8 along with Medic Unit 12 to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital – Somerset, Somerville, NJ for further evaluation.