Lakewood Police Officers to Soon Begin Carrying Narcan

Chief Lawson TLSLakewood Police Officers will soon be carrying with them Narcan – an antidote which can revive overdose patients, Police Chief Rob Lawson tells TLS. The antidote, which was introduced to all Ocean County Police Departments last month, is a nasal spray called Narcan, which can bring back an overdose patient from the brink of death.

The Chief says the Department’s officers will be trained for the usage of the drug in either February or March – which comes following an initial training from the Prosecutors Office.

With drug overdoses in the County topping 100, Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph Coranato arranged for Dr. Kenneth Lavelle to address all the County’s Police Chiefs in December in an effort to educate them about the antidote.

The antidote, says Lawson, is innocuous, and even if a patient wasn’t under the influence, it would not harm them.

The Chief says his goal is to stock all police vehicles with the antidote, which cost about $25 a piece. [TLS]

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  1. How about giving it to the ones that are trained in the medical field who deal with these pt all the time and can tell when a pt is suffering from something other that an overdose instead of having police officers just start shoving narc an up people’s noses

  2. The druggies are the taxpayer! It wasn’t 2 long ago when I remember President Reagan w/ the war on drugs campaign.. Look how far we have fallen. I guess this is called a ‘progressive’ society.

    You would be surprsied how prevalent these ‘illegal’ drugs are in teh society.

    Either the government should make it legal or go to war against it. thje government needs to update the laws on drugs and ‘underage’ laws. If a teenager can do anything they want to and they have the support so then they should be treated like an adult for all purposes.

  3. Let them waste their money and time. Narcan up the nose has amost no affect. I just hope they are trained enough not to belive the hype about it. Better off trying it, but no relying on it.

  4. Wait a minute, Police Officers carrying medications to help people on possible opiate overdoses. So next EMT’s and Medics are going to be able to carry pepper spray, tasers or some other form of defense weapon to help them during possible unsafe scenes.
    Yes,studies have shown that Police Officers are the first to arrive on medical scenes. Oh yeah, lets not forget that the studies have also shown that violence on medical and trauma scenes have increased against EMT’s and Medics, some receiving serious and at times fatal injuries. To make matters worse EMT’s and Medics can’t even buy a bullet proof vest to protect themselves due to the way the current laws are written.
    It’s time for the politicans to start thinking about the safety of the EMT’s and Medics.

  5. Who says all overdoses called in are from illegal drugs? And suppose an OD is from an illegal drug. Are some of you saying that if you were the officer on the scene you would not want to bring the person back and save their life? THINK and stop reacting!!!

  6. EMTs should be allowed to carry guns, tasers and have bulletproof vests. Often times, EMTs go into very dangerous situations like domestic violence related, gunshots, stabbings etc. More and more cases of violence against EMTs and Paramedics are being reported. Laws should be created to protect our medical professionals.

  7. Wisconsin EMS gets Naloxone under pilot program. The drug, largely used to save heroine overdose victims, will be distributed to EMTs at 47 statewide agencies as part of a one-year trial.

    Wow, maybe New Jersey could do the same thing for it’s EMTs.

  8. Not sure where you get your info but IN Narcan does have an effect. The nasal cavity is very vascular and the medication enters the bloodstream quickly. Please do your research.

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