Senator Joseph F. Vitale (D-Middlesex), Chairman of the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee and prime sponsor of last year’s Overdose Prevention Act, released the following statement on the Christie Administration’s announcement today that it will allow New Jersey EMTs to administer Narcan:
“I want to thank Governor Christie, Commissioner O’Dowd and the Administration for their decision to fully implement the Overdose Prevention Act. By allowing EMTs to administer overdose antidotes when they are helping someone experiencing an overdose, they are likely to be saving their life.
“When we passed this legislation last year, we knew that it could provide many overdose victims with a second chance at life and begin to curb an epidemic of overdose deaths in New Jersey. I believe that allowing EMTs to administer this antidote will have a real impact on this crisis.”