Every high school in Monmouth County has been equipped with the life-saving antidote, naloxone, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni announced on Monday, June 12.
"We have not had a drug overdose death at any school in Monmouth County. But with that said, one never knows whether an overdose could occur at or near a school. Having additional trained staff to administer naloxone, if necessary, can save a life," Gramiccioni told school officials on Monday. "This training is precautionary, but a necessary safeguard in light of the scope of this epidemic. I hope schools never have to use these kits, but we want them to be prepared."
Every public, private and parochial high school in Monmouth County including Monmouth Regional, Long Branch High School, Shore Regional and Red Bank Regional is now armed with naloxone, which has been carried by police, fire and EMT personnel since 2014. Naloxone is responsible for saving nearly 1,000 lives in Monmouth County since its deployment three years ago. During that same timeframe, it has been deployed nearly 10,000 times across the state.
Dr. Victor Almeida, Director of the Emergency Department at Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, instructed school officials on the depth of the epidemic and provided training for the use of naloxone in the event an overdose were to take place at school.
In Monmouth County, overdoses have been seen in people as young as 15 years old, but no overdose-related deaths have occurred on school grounds, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office,
The naloxone kits were distributed to all the schools and provided free-of-charge by Adapt Pharma, of Radnor, Pa.