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New Jersey Authorities Revive Two Men from Overdoses with Anti-Opioid Spray

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New Jersey authorities have been using an anti-opioid spray to save locals’ lives from apparent heroin overdoses with much success, according to a report on NJ.com.

The report said that the police from the township of Wayne in Passaic County, New Jersey have used a spray formulation of Narcan twice in a row within the past week to save two men from a potential overdose death. 

In the most recent case, an unresponsive man checked in at Wayne Motor Inn was revived before 6 P.M., Detective Captain Mark McGrath told NJ.com.  

“They located the patient who was cold, unresponsive with shallow breathing and a faint pulse,” McGrath told NJ.com in an email on Monday. “The victim’s wife was present and advised that her husband has a history of heroin use with a previous overdose two years ago.”

Police officers gave the man a single dose of the Narcan spray and began rescue breathing, the captain added. The second dose, which was given by paramedics, revived the man.  

“[Paramedics] also administered a dose of Narcan and patient came to and began to speak to us,” McGrath said.

Another person almost died on Thursday as well had two Wayne authorities not responded immediately and delivered the Narcan dose.

The department received the Narcan spray Wednesday, Prosecutor Camelia Valdes said. The department’s police team was trained to administer the drug for the last few weeks.

The report said that the township of Wayne was the first to save heroin overdose victims with Narcan in the whole county.

New Jersey governor Chris Christie announced in June that authorities in the state could carry the spray, NorthJersey.com reported. The web site stated that the authorization is part of a move by the New Jersey government to expand its statewide program for combating drug addiction.

Narcan is a brand of anti-opioid abuse drug naloxone that can be delivered intravenously and intramuscularly.

Heroin-related deaths have been rising at epidemic levels in the state. Between 2010 and 2013, 4,300 people had died from drug abuse in New Jersey, according to a report on Vice.com. In March, 40 heroin overdoses were recorded in Camden alone, the report added.

Citing a report released in April by the Task Force on Heroin and Other Opiate Use by New Jersey’s Youth and Young Adults, Vice.com also said the treatment admissions for prescription drug abuse have increased by 200 percent in the past five years. 

“Unfortunately, the problem is getting worse just about everywhere. Programs like ours can help many people once they are addicted, but we, as a society, need to find better prevention programs,” saidBrady Granier, Chief Operating Officer of BioCorRx, Inc. (OTCQB: BICX), the company that developed the Start Fresh Program. 

The Start Fresh Program is a two-tiered program that takes a different approach to addiction rehabilitation. The first phase of the program involves an outpatient medical procedure to embed a specially formulated, biodegradable naltrexone implant under the skin and fatty tissue in the lower abdominal area. The implant then delivers therapeutic levels of the antagonist drug, naltrexone, into the bloodstream which can curb one’s cravings for alcohol or opioids.

The second tier of the program involves a private, one-on-one coaching program to address the specific needs of the individual and to help him or her plan for a life free from substance abuse.

For more information on BioCorRx, Inc.’s Start Fresh Program, you may reach the company’s headquarters via phone: 714-462-4880, or visit www.StartFreshProgram.com.

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