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NJ responders to be trained to use opiate antidote

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Wednesday called the war on drugs "an abject failure." He said that people specifically addicted to heroin and other opiates need help. And now he's giving some first responders the tools to do that.

The heroin antidote inside known as Narcan costs only $50 but it can save invaluable lives. Christie announced the launch of a Narcan pilot program in Ocean and Monmouth counties that will train and equip police officers and other first responders to treat people on the spot who are suffering from heroin or other opiate overdoses.

In Ocean County, heroin ODs more than doubled from 2012 to 2013. And in Monmouth County, more than 180 have died from the drug since 2011.

The governor said that for nonviolent users, treatment and taking away the stigma of drug abuse are the only solution.

First responders say the governor is giving them a simple tool to save lives.

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