MIDDLETOWN, NJ - The Middletown Police Department performed its first save with Narcan yesterday, June 19, 2014. Police report that a subject who had been arrested and was being processed passed out and became unconscious from an apparent drug overdose. Patrolman Charles Higgins and Patrolman Adam Colfer recognized the symptoms and administered the Narcan. The drug immediately counteracted the effects of the other narcotics and the prisoner jolted awake. He was then transported to Riverview Medical Center for further treatment.
Police say that they have only had the Narcan for two weeks during which time all officers received training on its use. Narcan, which is another name for the actual drug, Naloxone, is given to victims to counter the effects of an opioid overdose specifically the life threatening depression of the central nervous system, respiratory system and hypotension secondary to opiate overdose. It is administered by a nasal spray into the victim’s nose.
The Middletown Police Department currently carries Narcan in all of its patrol cars. Police say that in only two short weeks Narcan is already responsible for saving a life. It is a great tool to assist victims of drug overdoses.