MAYS LANDING — The Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office NARCAN directive for all county law enforcement officers to carry and administer Narcan has been in operation since mid-December 2017. January 2018 was the first full month of the funded program to equip all county police officers with the opiate overdose antidote Naloxone—also known as NARCAN, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner announced.
From 2015 to 2018–year to date– Atlantic County law enforcement has administered 359 naloxone deployments to overdose victims.
“As we have known for some time now, 2016 saw a dramatic increase in drug related deaths. Atlantic County saw the single highest increase in drug related deaths throughout the state of New Jersey. In 2015, Atlantic County saw 85 drug related deaths and in 2016, 171 deaths, representing an increase of over 100%. The significant increase can be directly related to the irresponsible use of fentanyl as a cutting agent to heroin. We are hopeful that 2016 saw the peak in the amount of deaths. We believe that the directive from the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office that mandates all law enforcement officers carry Narcan will contribute to the saving of lives and in fact we are already starting to see a slight decline in drug related deaths, which corresponds to the increased number of Narcan deployments,” Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner said.
Anyone with information involving serious crimes is asked to call the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-909-7800 or go to the Prosecutor’s Office Web site at https://www.acpo.org/tips.html and provide information by filling out the form anonymously on the Submit a Tip page. People can also call Crime Stoppers at 609-652-1234 or 1-800-658-8477 (TIPS) or visit the Crime Stoppers Website at http://www.crimestoppersatlantic.com/. Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards for information leading to the arrest and indictment of those who commit crimes in Atlantic County.