With opiate addiction increasing in Ocean County, the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office is sponsoring a free training on Tuesday, Oct. 7 on how to administer an overdose antidote, according to a release from the agency.
The program, slated for 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Lacey United Methodist Church (203 Lacey Road, Forked River), is open to the public.
Participants will learn how to administer naloxone, commonly known as Narcan, which counters the effects of heroin and morphine.
In addition, attendees will receive a free Narcan kit as well as a treatment voucher for 30 days of free substance abuse treatment to use or distribute to anyone who needs medication-assisted treatment.
The Opioid Overdose Prevention Project is funded by the New Jersey Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services and JSAS HealthCare, Inc. in collaboration with Barnabas Health, Institute for Prevention.
Data reveals that Ocean County is ground zero for New Jersey’s opiate problem, with the highest number of treatment admissions out of all counties last year — more than double the amount in 2008 — according to a report by NJ Spotlight.