With opiate addiction increasing in Ocean County, the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office and the Ocean County Opiate Task Force are sponsoring a free training on Friday, Oct. 17 on how to administer an overdose antidote, according to a release from the agency.
The program, slated for 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Preferred Behavioral Health (725 Airport Road, Lakewood), is open to the public. No pre-registration is necessary.
Participants will learn how to administer naloxone, commonly known as Narcan, which counters the effects of heroin and morphine.
In addition, approximately 75 Narcan kits will be distributed.
The program is in cooperation with Project Lazarus, an Ocean County nonprofit organization that works to bring drug awareness and recovery support to the community.
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.