Hunterdon County Prosecutor Anthony P. Kearns, III, Readington Township Police Chief Sebastian Donaruma, and Flemington Police Chief George Becker announced that police officers saved three overdose victims in the past week with the use of Narcan. On two separate occasions, Readington Township Police responded and treated an unresponsive 38 year old Readington man and a 58 year old Branchburg man with Naloxone. Both men are believed to have taken an opiate in a prescription or heroin form. Readington Officers Robert Medvetz, Terry Woolverton, Peter Serrone; along with Sergeants Christopher DeWire and William DuFosse’ provided the life-saving treatment. They were assisted by the Whitehouse Rescue Squad and HMC Paramedics. On Monday, March 21st, Flemington Police Corporal Louis Hribik responded to a 9-1-1 call on Capner Street.
The officer was led to an unresponsive 38 year old Flemington man. Corporal Hribik administered Naloxone and emergency breathing to revive him. The Flemington-Raritan Rescue Squad responded and assisted at the scene and transported the man to Hunterdon Medical Center. According to Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s Office Chief of Detectives John J. Kuczynski, “The 9- 1-1 calls were made by an aunt, a spouse, and a friend. Their calls for help were made without delay, which is crucial in saving lives.” According to Hunterdon County Prosecutor Anthony P Kearns, III, “The public needs to be fully aware that we are in the midst of a nationwide heroin epidemic. Most overdoses are unintentional, and many appear to be linked to Heroin and Fentanyl. Other overdoses have occurred with prescription opiates in pill form. They are all highly addictive and deadly if abused.” Kearns added, “Naloxone, also known as Narcan, is carried by all Hunterdon County Police Departments. I continue to commend these officers for their swift actions and Hunterdon Healthcare for providing the funding to equip our police with this life saving drug.” The Overdose Prevention Act is a “good Samaritan” law aimed at protecting those who render aid to overdose victims, including those who call 9-1-1 for help. Police officers are usually the first to arrive on the scene of an emergency, and in the case of an overdose, minutes could be the difference between life and death. 2 Narcan is administered just like a nasal spray; it blocks the effects of an opioid for a period of time and permits emergency responders to get the victim to the hospital for treatment. The effects of an opiate can last up to four hours so overdose victims who are administered Narcan will still require medical attention