Christie Approves NJ EMTs Giving Heroin Overdose Meds

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    New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has signed a waiver allowing first responders to carry and administer a new lifesaving tool to fight the heroin epidemic.NBC10's Lu Ann Cahn tells us about the treatment called Narcan.

    Gov. Chris Christie has signed a waiver allowing first responders to carry and administer medication to treat drug overdose patients in emergency situations.

    Christie signed a waiver Friday authorizing more than 28,000 certified EMTs and EMT-trained police officers to carry and administer Narcan, which counteracts the effects of heroin and other opioid drugs.

    It is administered through a nasal spray or injection into a muscle.

    Current Department of Health regulations don't allow EMTs to administer Narcan. They will now be able to do so after completing a training course approved by the department.

    Christie says the move fits in with the state's Overdose Prevention Act, which includes a measure shielding someone overdosing on drugs and those who get them medical assistance from prosecution if they act in good faith.