NJ Gov. allows EMTs to provide heroin antidote
"Allowing first responders to administer Narcan will save lives," Gov. Chris Christie said
TRENTON, N.J. — Emergency medical technicians will be able to administer life-saving medication that can reverse the effects of a heroin overdose, which has become a growing problem in New Jersey, the Christie administration announced today.
Any of the 28,000 certified EMTs in the state who want to be able to use the drug, Narcan, must complete a training course first, under the terms of a waiver Health Commissioner Mary O'Dowd signed on Thursday.
The waiver was necessary because while use of the drug is not covered by state EMT rules, the Christie administration wanted to act quickly in the face of what has been described as an epidemic of heroin-related deaths.