Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office given 100 Narcan kits

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100 Narcan kits have been provided to the Hudson County Prosecutor's Office as part of New Jersey's fight against the opioid epidemic. (HCPO photo/)

Each detective in the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office will carry a Narcan kit as part of law enforcement’s ongoing fight against the opioid epidemic, Prosecutor Esther Suarez announced.

Narcan, naloxone in nasal spray form, has proven effective in the treatment of people who have overdosed by reversing the effects. Narcan is effective for both street drugs like heroin, or prescription drugs like Oxycontin, Vicodin, and Percocet, officials said.

In 2019, 142 Narcan rescues were reported to the prosecutor’s office by first responders across the county, spokeswoman Jennifer Morrill said.

The prosecutor said 100 Narcan kits were provided at no cost through a state program led by the state Department of Human Services as a way to expand access to naloxone for law enforcement.

Earlier this year the Attorney General’s Office contacted police departments across the state asking departments to participate in this program to receive the free kits.

“We are thankful to the Department of Human Services for their leadership in this initiative to help provide our officers with the tools needed to combat opioid addiction in our communities,” Suarez said in a statement. “We know these kits will save lives as law enforcement officers are often the first people on the scene of an overdose.

"By working together with our health and human services partners we can help find solutions to reduce the impacts of this deadly epidemic."

In January, Suarez announced the launch of “Operation Helping Hand” in Hudson County, an initiative that linking narcotics users with recovery services at the time of arrest.