Lacey police used the "Narcan" spray to help save a 30-year-old Forked River woman Wednesday who was overdosing from heroin use, according to the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office.
It was fourth time in less than a month - and third time this week - that an Ocean County law enforcement officer saved a heroin overdose victim’s life by administering Narcan, or Naloxone spray.
The save came at 10:54 a.m. when Lacey Township Police Sgt. Paul Sullivan responded to a medical emergency at a Frog Hollow Road address in Forked River.
Upon his arrival, he found a 30 year old female unresponsive, with shallow breathing and a weak pulse. Sullivan administered the Narcan spray and the victim became responsive and alert within one to three minutes.
Lacey Township First Aid Squad transported the victim to Southern Ocean County Hospital where she is recovering.
The third save came at approximately 8:30 pm on Tuesday, when Seaside Heights Patrolman Edward Pasieka responded to a 911 call reference a heroin drug overdose at a Sampson Avenue address in Seaside Heights.
The Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office developed
the program’s policy and training protocols in early January of this year, and
will assist other counties across New Jersey in starting their own Narcan
programs. The first Narcan Kits were
distributed throughout the county over the past month.