TOMS RIVER, N.J. – RWJBarnabas Health Behavioral Health Center, an RWJBarnabas Health
facility, will host a
Narcan distribution, training and education session on Thursday, March
9 at 6 p.m. at the Behavioral Health Center, located at 1691 US Highway 9 in Toms
River. The program is available for anyone who has a loved one or friend
who is using opiates or someone who is actively using opiates.
During the session, credentialed counselors and licensed nurses will educate
attendees how to administer Narcan to reverse a heroin/opioid overdose.
Attendees will also receive ‘hands on’ practice of rescue
breathing and naloxone administration. A limited number of Narcan kits
will be provided.
The session is being led by Urban Treatment Associates, the state contracted
provider of Narcan trainings in Ocean County, and is funded by the Department
of Human Services Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services. As
pre-registration is required, individuals are encouraged to contact Joanna
Dugan at 856-225-0505 or
The Narcan training and education session is part of RWJBarnabas Health
Institute for Prevention’s overall commitment to fighting the opioid
epidemic. According to New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety,
New Jersey emergency officials have deployed Narcan more than 18,000 times
since its widespread implementation in 2014. Additionally, the National
Institute on Drug Abuse reports that in the United States, nearly 80 percent
of heroin users reported using prescription opioids prior to heroin.
RWJBarnabas Health Institute for Prevention manages the Opioid Overdose
Recovery Program (OORP), an initiative funded by a grant administered
by the Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services within the Department
of Human Services, and is the result of the collaborative efforts of the
DMHAS, the Department of Children and Families and the Governor’s
Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse.
RWJBarnabas Health initiated the program in January of 2016 and utilizes
trained staff called “recovery specialists” to meet with Narcan-reversed
patients in the emergency departments with the goal of engaging them to
seek addiction treatment. The recovery specialists sit with patients and
serve as advocates for the specialized needs of an individual with a substance
use disorder. Once agreeable to seek treatment, OORP patient navigators
step in to provide case management services. These navigators provide
assistance for clinical treatment and help patients to navigate through
other challenges, such as housing or educational needs.
Before OORP, many reversed survivors of naloxone were trapped in a cycle
of repeated drug use and may not have received the necessary treatment
and recovery support services. The OORP seeks to change this by helping
to link individuals who were reversed from an opioid overdose and admitted
to select emergency departments, to recovery support services and substance
use disorder treatment.
In 2016, RWJBarnabas Health Institute for Prevention has conducted over
700 opioid overdose interventions in Ocean, Monmouth, and Essex Counties
as part of OORP. Ocean County accounts for approximately 75%, which is
four times the anticipated number of individuals reversed from an opioid overdose.
For further information about the OORP, please call RWJBarnabas Health
Institute for Prevention at