Other Nearby Locations are Acme Pharmacy in Wall and Campbell's Pharmacy in Sea Girt

TRENTON, NJ — ShopRite Pharmacy of Belmar will offer free doses of naloxone — the opioid overdose reversal drug — on September 24 through 26 as part of the Murphy’s administration’s initiative to combat the opioid crisis.

The pharmacy at 1801 Route 35 in Wall is among 322 participating pharmacies throughout the state where New Jerseyans will be able to anonymously obtain naloxone at no cost without an individual prescription or an appointment. Each naloxone pack contains two doses.

Sign Up for Belmar/Lake Como Newsletter
Our newsletter delivers the local news that you can trust.

Naloxone will be available at select locations of chain and community pharmacies across the state with standing orders in place for the dispensing of the drug, which is commonly sold under the brand name Narcan.

Other nearby distribution sites include Acme Pharmacy at 2007 Route 35 in Wall and Campbell's Pharmacy at 2175 Route 35 in Sea Girt. For a full list of participating pharmacies, click here.

Naloxone, which can reverse overdoses from opioids by blocking the effects of opioids on the brain, will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis while supplies last. 

This will be the second free naloxone distribution initiatve by the N.J. Department of Human Services, approved by the state Board of Pharmacy — the first being in June 2019 when 32,000 doses were given out to residents. 

“Last year’s turnout showed there is a strong demand for naloxone. New Jerseyans stood up and said they want to help and be ready to have the opportunity to save someone’s life,” said Human Services Commissioner Carole Johnson. “We want to build on last year’s event and get naloxone into as many hands as possible. We want to save lives.”

Human Services has also distributed 53,000 free doses of naloxone to police departments, 11,352 free doses to EMS teams, 1,200 free doses to shelters for those experiencing homelessness and 400 free doses to libraries.

Those who obtain naloxone will also be given information on the state’s addiction treatment helpline — 1-844-ReachNJ. The 24/7 service offers people facing addiction or their friends and family immediate assistance and support from live, New Jersey-based, trained addiction counselors. ReachNJ assists callers regardless of their insurance status.