NJ police may carry drug to counteract overdoses

Cops may carry drug to counteract overdoses

Cops may carry drug to counteract overdoses

NEWARK - Police in four New Jersey counties may start carrying canisters of an aerosol drug that counteracts the effects of heroin and other opioid drugs.

The Star-Ledger reports that police departments in Camden, Cape May, Hunterdon and Ocean counties are considering giving officers Narcan, the brand name for naloxone, to administer to people suffering from overdoses.

They say it can buy time to get victims to hospitals and could prevent the number of deadly overdoses. Those who are given the drug would still need further medical attention.

Until earlier this year, the drug was illegal for anyone in New Jersey except hospital staff.

But under a state law aimed at protecting those who help overdose victims, it is now legal.

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