photo courtesy of Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco
the staff of the Ridgewood blog
Hackensack NJ, Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco called ,”Addiction is a public health crisis that can only be alleviated through broader access to stigma-free treatment and education. That is why we have deployed Narcan, the life-saving medication, in all our County facilities to combat this crisis and promote mental health and drug awareness.”
Narcan, also known by its generic name naloxone, is a medication used to counteract the effects of opioid overdose. It belongs to a class of drugs known as opioid receptor antagonists. When administered, Narcan quickly reverses the life-threatening symptoms of opioid overdose, such as respiratory depression and sedation, by binding to the same receptors in the brain that opioids target. This binding blocks the opioids’ effects, essentially waking the individual and restoring normal breathing. Narcan is an essential tool for first responders, healthcare professionals, and caregivers in emergency situations involving opioid overdose, helping to save lives by rapidly reversing the potentially deadly effects of opioid drugs like heroin or prescription painkillers.
Bergen County is committed to providing our residents with the help and resources they need. To learn more about mental health and addiction services in Bergen County,