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NJ police administer heroin antidote

4-10-14

SEASIDE HEIGHTS, N.J. (AP) — Police in Seaside Heights are the first in New Jersey under a pilot program to save a life using an antidote to heroin.

Officers on Sunday responded to a motel and found a person with a weak pulse, apparently having overdosed.

Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office spokesman Capt. Jack Sramaty tells the Asbury Park Press (http://on.app.com/1sEZpC1 ) the officers administered Narcan and he began to breathe. The person was admitted to a hospital and a no charges were filed.

Narcan is the brand name for naloxone, which counteracts the effects of heroin and other opioid drugs.

Gov. Chris Christie signed a waiver allowing first responders to carry and administer the medication in emergency situations.

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Information from: Asbury Park (N.J.) Press, http://www.app.com