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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—City police and EMS workers used the drug Narcan save the life of a 34-year-old man who had overdosed on opiates, just two days after Milltown police did the same.
New Brunswick Police Department (NBPD) officers responded to an alley on Baldwin Street in between Livingston and Joyce Kilmer Avenues on Sunday, April 5 at approximately 5:18 p.m.
A NBPD press release said that officers found an unconscious man, identified as 34-year-old city resident Roberto Maldonado, who had recently injected an illegal opiate into his body.
Responding officers administered a dose of Naloxone, also known as Narcan, to Maldonado in order to revive him, but he remained unresponsive.
Emergency Medical Service (EMS) personnel arrived on the scene shortly thereafter, and administered a second dose of Narcan intravenously, which helped Maldonado regain consciousness.
Soon after, EMS workers transported him to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital for further treatment.
Narcan was also used in another unrelated drug overdose by police in a neighboring community two days earlier, on Friday, April 3.
Milltown police officers responded to a medical emergency in which avictim had overdosed on Oxycodone, a prescription drug, according to a Nixle alert issued by the department.
The officers quickly administered Narcan to the patient in an attempt to reverse the effects of the drug. Milltown police did not identify the victim.
The patient was successfully revived and transported to the hospital by Milltown Rescue Squad and Robert Wood Johnson paramedics.
The incident marked the first deployment of Narcan by Milltown Police since they were equipped with the medication in March.