Opioid overdoses

New Jersey plans to use the state’s database to better predict where the next opioid overdose might happen. 

Attorney General Gurbir Grewal says the state already has a lot of data about the locations of overdoses and first responders’ use of the Narcan antidote to save lives.

“We are starting to take that information to identify overdose hotspots or to integrate that with pawn shop data to see where stolen goods are being sold and who’s selling them and to marry all that up to have profiles of our next potential overdose victim.”

A measure to help combat opioid overdoses is awaiting final legislative approval in the New Jersey Senate.

Senator Colin Bell says his bill would allow emergency personnel to administer multiple doses of an opioid antidote to overdose victims.