Saving Lives with Narcan

Narcan is commonly administered by emergency personnel as a nasal spray to prevent an impending death.

As the opioid epidemic grew nationwide in recent years, the word Narcan quickly entered the lexicon. Narcan is the most commonly known brand name of naloxone, a drug that blocks the effects of an opioid overdose. It is commonly administered by emergency personnel as a nasal spray to prevent an impending death.

In New Jersey, the use of the drug accelerated in 2015, when the state negotiated a rebate program with the manufacturer to provide Narcan kits to state and local emergency personnel at a 20 percent discount. Under that program, Narcan administrations in New Jersey rose from 5,174 in 2014 to more than 10,000 in 2016, according to the office of the state attorney general.

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