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October 30, 2014
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Mercer County Spends $19,000 on Heroin Overdose Antidote Kits

"Mercer County police departments were armed Thursday with 600 kits of the heroin overdose antidote naloxone – best known by the trade name Narcan," as reported by Keith Brown of the Times of Trenton.

"Naloxone blocks the body's opiate receptors, countering the effects of a heroin or prescription drug overdose. The drug has been used with success in pilot programs in Monmouth and Ocean counties before Gov. Chris Christie ordered the antidote made available throughout New Jersey."

"To date, Narcan has been credited with saving 325 people from overdose deaths in New Jersey since it was deployed, officials said."

"Mercer County had 35 heroin overdose deaths in 2013, up from 32 in 2012, according to the county medical examiner's office."

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Source:
New Jersey Department of Human Services Press Release NJ.com Article
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