March 8, 2018 | Number of The Day
Number of times Narcan was used in New Jersey in 2017

Narcan, the lifesaving drug that is used to rapidly reverse opioid overdoses, was used 14,357 times in New Jersey last year. Also known as Naloxone, its use has increased significantly here as the opioid epidemic continues to take a toll. Now, two state Assemblymen, John Armato and Vince Mazzeo, want county prosecutors to instruct law enforcement offices to be equipped with the drug. “Too many souls have been taken from us due to these harmful opioids,” Armato (D-Atlantic) said. “Police officers are oftentimes the first to arrive at a scene, and they should have the means to save a human being’s life,” he said.