WALL TOWNSHIP — The use of Naloxone, a drug used to treat an opioid overdose, is on the rise for some local police departments, officials say.
The ongoing opioid crisis, recently declared a national emergency by President Donald Trump, hit home last month when two Spring Lake Heights police officers saved the life of a 34-year-old man by administering Naloxone.
Manasquan police officers also administered the drug to a 35-year-old man twice over the course of two days last December.
According to Capt. Greg Carpino, Wall Township police officers and EMS employees have administered the drug approximately 33 times as of Aug. 8, 2017. In 2014, the drug was deployed a total of three times, climbing to nine in 2015, 12 in 2016 and nine this year to date.
In Belmar, Naloxone was used nine separate times in 2016 and nine times this year to date. Naloxone was also deployed twice in 2016 and twice to date in 2017 in Lake Como, which is under the jurisdiction of Belmar Police.
“We use it more and more frequently,” said Belmar Mayor Matthew Doherty. “It’s disturbing how often we use it. In some instances, we use Narcan multiple times on the same person. We are not immune in Belmar to the widespread epidemic of opioid abuse and heroin addiction.”
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