|Tabernacle Township, N.J. - The first use of Nalaxone, trademarked as Narcan, by New Jersey State Police has saved the life of a 24-year-old Burlington County woman who overdosed on heroin. On the morning of Friday August 1, Trooper Robert Meyer, of the Red Lion Station, was dispatched to a home on the 1500 block of Route 206 for a medical assist. While en-route, the trooper was advised that there was a woman on scene possibly suffering from an overdose. When he arrived at the location, the victim’s sister explained to the trooper that the victim had become unresponsive after taking heroin. Meyer then observed the Tabernacle woman in a chair on the front lawn unconscious, limp, and with blue lips.
After attempting to wake up the woman, Trooper Meyer opened the Narcan kit, a medication used to reverse the lethal effects of heroin and other opioid overdoses. Trooper Meyer administered the Narcan nasal spray on her. Within seconds of receiving the treatment, she regained consciousness, sat up, and began responding. She was later taken to Virtua Hospital in Mount Holly by Tabernacle EMS.
“The saving of this woman’s life is exactly the reason we sought to outfit responding troopers with Narcan,” said Colonel Rick Fuentes, Superintendent of the State Police. “I commend Trooper Meyer for his quick and decisive actions.”
Narcan was issued to all road troopers on Monday July 14, after an approved training program. All road troopers were directed to carry Narcan at the direction of Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman and Colonel Fuentes.