Heroin Antidote Saves Lives in NJ County

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    Five people’s lives…

    That’s how the success of a heroin overdose antidote is being measured in Ocean County.

    County police began using the antidote Narcan earlier this month.

    The county prosecutor's office says officers used Narcan to revive four people in less than 48 hours this week. Two were in Seaside Heights and Seaside Park. Two others were in Manchester and Lacey townships.

    Police in Seaside Heights were the first in New Jersey to save a life under the pilot program.

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

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