TRENTON - After helping to save 40 lives in Ocean and Monmouth counties, the anti-overdose drug Narcan will soon help prevent heroin-related deaths in New Jersey's other 19 counties.

Gov. Chris Christie announced the statewide expansion of the pilot program that allows police officers to carry and administer the drug at a news conference Tuesday.

Christie says having the fast-acting nasally injected medication drug available to police and paramedics will save even more lives by reversing heroin overdoses. "Every minute counts in these type of emergency situations and having our law enforcement officers as well as our first responders carrying and administering this medication may mean the difference between life and death for people in our state," he says.

Local police departments and state troopers will be trained to administer Narcan along with EMTs.