GCEMS Trained in Administering Narcan for Opiate Overdoses
(Woodbury, NJ) – The 186 member team of Gloucester County's Emergency Medical Service (GCEMS) is fully trained in the administration of Naloxone (Narcan) intranasally to suspected opiate overdoses.
The New Jersey Department of Health has issued a waiver allowing EMTs to administer Naloxone (Narcan) intranasally. GCEMS has initiated a training program, overseen by GCEMS Medical Director Dr. Gerard Carroll (from Cooper University Hospital), to train all GCEMS EMTs in Naloxone administration and now Naloxone is carried on all GCEMS ambulances and response vehicles.
Freeholder Director Robert Damminger said, "All GCEMS vehicles already carry Epi-Pens for the treatment of anaphylaxis and Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) for the treatment of sudden cardiac arrest. GCEMS were proactive in their training and now have Narcan carried on their response units and ambulances to treat an opiate overdoses."
GCEMS has 186 trained EMT’s that directly serve 17 towns with 12 stations in Gloucester County.
Freeholder Giuseppe 'Joe’ Chila said, “The good news is that GCEMS has this life-saving antidote available and is trained in how to use it, the sad news is they have already had to use it several times this year.” Chila, liaison to GCEMS said that goal is to save lives. “Any tool our EMT’s have to save a life is a valuable resource,” Chila said.