BRICK TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Chris Christie will meet with first responders to discuss emergency treatment for those who overdose on heroin.
Wednesday's discussion in Brick Township comes more than a week after the governor signed a waiver allowing first responders in New Jersey to carry and administer Narcan. The drug counteracts the effects of heroin and other opioid drugs.
Christie said the waiver complements the state's Overdose Prevention Act. The measure shields someone overdosing on drugs and those who get them medical assistance from prosecution if they act in good faith.
More than 28,000 certified EMTs and EMT-trained police officers will be allowed to carry and administer Narcan after they complete training approved by the state Health Department.