SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Twin City Pharmacy & Surgical is once again participating in a state initiative to combat the opioid crisis. From Thursday, Sept. 24 through Saturday, Sept. 26, the Park Avenue pharmacy will distribute free Naloxone (i.e Narcan) to community members, no questions asked.
“This is such an issue right now and the more we can do things like this and recognize what is going on the better off we will be in the long run," said Twin City co-owner and Pharmacist-in-Charge Bill Ashnault.
Naloxone can reverse opioid overdoses by blocking the effects on the brain. Naloxone, rather than the opioid drug, binds to the nervous system to reverse or block the effects. If an overdose from heroin or prescription opioid pain medications occurs, this can quickly restore normal breathing when respiration has slowed or stopped.
Twin City, said Ashnault, anticipates having approximately 75 doses of Naloxone on hand over the course of the three-day program. Distribution is on a first come, first served basis. No name, prescription, insurance, or payment is required and distribution is limited to one per person. Details on how to administer the nasal form of the drug along with information on addiction treatment and recovery will also be provided.
“Our goal is to spread awareness and every bit of awareness that we can have will make a difference,” he said.
This is the second time in as many years that the state has run the Naloxone Giveaway event; last June, Twin City also took part in a one-day state distribution initiative of free Naloxone as part of a pilot program approved by the New Jersey Board of Pharmacy to combat the opioid crisis.
According to Ashnault, while drug overdoses are a major issue, the free Narcan is not only aimed at addicts but also at residents with chronic pain, the elderly, and parents.
"The push isn’t just for drug addiction, which is of course a big part. People who addicted to medications and opioids may not be the only ones in need of Narcan," he said, adding that there is a benefit to having a product like Narcan on hand. “There is a need to have preventive care; preventive care is many different things and mistakes can happen. We are trying to do our part to help people understand that if they do, there is a way to rectify it.”
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About Twin City
Twin City Pharmacy & Surgical, located at 1708 Park Avenue, was established in 1972 by South Plainfield resident Tom Cassio and his late brother Ralph. For the past 14 years, it has been owned and operated by Tom’s son, Tom Cassio, Ralph’s daughter Sandy Cassio and her brother-in-law Bill Ashnault.
In addition to being a full-service retail pharmacy for prescriptions, vaccinations, and other everyday items such as vitamins and health care items, Twin City stocks home medical equipment. Some of these products include hospital beds, oxygen, wheelchairs, nebulizers, suction machines, patient lifts, walkers, scooters, lift chair and knee walkers. They also carry wound care, ostomy, urological and incontinence care supplies.
Twin City Pharmacy & Surgical provides free local delivery to all customers, boasts competitive pricing, and also installs portable ramps. Worker’s compensation, Medicare (on select items) and many insurance plans, including Qualcare, Aetna, Cigna, Amerigroup, Horizon NJ Health, Aetna Better Health, Wellcare and Medicaid are accepted.
For more or to reach the pharmacy, call (908) 755-7696 or visit www.twincityrx.com.