Anti-heroin overdose medicine Narcan made available to public in Ocean County
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TOMS RIVER - The drug credited with helping police save dozens of overdose victims across New Jersey will be jumping from the squad car to the medicine cabinet.
Narcan, the antidote helping put the brakes on the rash of fatal heroin overdoses in New Jersey, now comes in a take-home version.
In Ocean County, Prosecutor Joseph Coronato says it's the next step in reversing a trend that killed 112 people last year. "As of April 6 to today's date, we have 54 saves in Ocean County," he says.
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Coronato was one of the first county prosecutors to make sure his first responders had the drug, and putting it in the hands of residents just makes sense.
"Really when you come to a scene, who is the first person at that scene? That's usually a loved one who's made the call to 911," Coronato says.
Pharmacy owner Jerry Fried is helping to make the medicine available. "This kit can be used to help save lives," he says.
Anyone worried about a loved one can get a prescription for a dose of the drug. It is administered nasally with an atomizer and has no known side effects.
The county held a Narcan giveaway this week and 100 people took advantage.
In Ocean County, the Narcan program is paid for with money seized from drug dealers.
Citizens interested in buying a kit of Narcan can do so starting at $50.