Two Ocean Township Police Officers saved the life of a 25 year old man late Tuesday night by administering two doses of Narcan, the antidote for heroin overdoses that New Jersey law enforcement officers have been authorized to administer since July.
Officers Randy Slawsky and Zachary Rhein of the Ocean Police Department responded to a reported overdose at an apartment located on Rustic Drive. Upon arrival, officers located a 25 year old male unresponsive in the living room of the home. A family member reported that they believed the victim had ingested heroin prior to being found unconscious.
Officers on scene administered two doses of Naloxone Hydrochloride (Narcan) resulting in the victim becoming conscious and responsive. The victim was speaking with officers immediately prior to being transported to a local hospital for medical treatment. Officers and EMS personnel credit the use of the Narcan in saving the man’s life.
Bill Bucco, Assistant Acting Director of the Monmouth County Division of Addiction Services declined to comment.
“This is a law enforcement story,” said Monmouth County Public Information Officer Laura Kirkpatrick, “Mr. Bucco is an administrator, it is not appropriate for him to comment on this issue.”
“The heroin epidemic is a scourge that transcends politics that we must unite to fight,” said Freeholder Director Lillian Burry,”Those who would attempt to exploit this killer for their own political gain should reconsider their motives and whether public service is an appropriate calling for them. We owe a debt of gratitude to the Ocean Township officers who saved this young man, and to all of the men and women in law enforcement who risk their lives for us every day. Anyone struggling with drug abuse should seek the appropriate help. The Guide to Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Services in Monmouth County is an excellent resource.”
Burry’s Democratic opponents in the upcoming election, Larry Luttrell and Joe Grillo, issued a statement last week condemning Bucco’s employment as an administrator in Addiction Services, given the heroin epidemic, even though they are aware that his job has nothing to do with law enforcement or treating addicts.
Luttrell and Grillo did not respond to requests for comment for this story.