WOODBRIDGE, N.J. (AP) -- Authorities say a central New Jersey police officer who recently learned how to use a drug that can help reverse heroin overdoses used it to save two lives in less than a week.

Ilya Hemlin, Townsquare Media NJ

NJ.Com reports that Woodbridge Patrolman Christopher McClay first used Narcan on Jan. 21, about two hours after he had been trained to administer the drug. His actions helped save the life of a 25-year-old woman who had overdosed in a home.

Four days later, he helped save a man who had overdosed in the parking lot of a township business.

Police officials say all township patrol officers are being trained in the use of Narcan.

State authorities have said there were 741 heroin-related deaths in New Jersey in 2013, a 160 percent increase since 2010.

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