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Wallington police save heroin overdose victim, 22, with Narcan

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SHOUT OUT: Wallington police had their first Narcan save when two officers rescued a 22-year-old heroin victim who had turned blue and wasn’t breathing.

The Main Avenue victim’s mother told Sgt. Daniel Ziobro that her son “may have taken drugs,” so he looked at the man’s arm and found needle marks, Police Chief Carmello Imbruglia told CLIFFVIEW PILOT this afternoon.

Meanwhile, the Wallington Emergency Squad began CPR.

Ziobro administered a dose of Narcan and the man “began breathing on his own and slowly opened his eyes,” the chief said.

“The patient was able to tell the sergeant where the drugs and drug paraphernalia was,” he said.

Officers recovered five bags of heroin stamped “Porsche” in red and two hypodermic needles, while the WES took the victim to St. Mary’s Hospital in Passaic, Imbruglia said.

No charges were filed, under the New Jersey Overdose Prevention Act, he said.

“I am very proud of my officers and the Wallington Emergency Squad for their quick response and actions taken,” the chief said. “I am also grateful that the Bergen County Prosecutor initiated the Narcan Program — it is going to save a lot of lives across the county.”

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