Pick Up Free Naloxone on June 18th

More than 3,000 people in New Jersey died of a drug overdose in 2018. That number would have been much higher if law enforcement and emergency medical services did not administer naloxone more than 16,000 times throughout the state last year.

Naloxone can reverse opioid overdoses by blocking the effects of opioids on the brain. It has been an invaluable tool in the fight against the opioid epidemic.

Governor Phil Murphy announced last week that on June 18, New Jersey residents will be able to walk in to participating pharmacies throughout the state and obtain naloxone for free and without a prescription or an appointment. Click HERE for a list of participating pharmacies.

The free distribution is part of a pilot program by the New Jersey Board of Pharmacy.

The Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey is grateful for Governor Murphy’s initiative on this issue. Every New Jersey resident should take advantage of this opportunity. The ultimate goal is that you will never have to use naloxone, but because the opioid epidemic has become so widespread, you never know when you might witness an overdose. It could be a family member, a coworker or a stranger in a public place.

It is vital that as many people as possible are educated and equipped with naloxone. Naloxone saves lives. It gives people who overdose another opportunity to get into treatment, receive the help they need and start on the road to recovery.

There are several opportunities to learn how to administer naloxone. The Partnership, in collaboration with The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, will be hosting several Knock Out Opioid Abuse Town Halls in 2019 and 2020. Many of the events will feature naloxone training.

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