NUTLEY, NJ -  Gov. Murphy and Human Services Commissioner Carole Johnson announced the state will offer the opioid overdose reversal drug naloxone (commonly called Narcan) for free to residents at 322 participating pharmacies throughout New Jersey from September 24 through 26.

Residents can visit one of 322 participating pharmacies located in all 21 NJ counties and anonymously obtain naloxone for free with no prescription and no appointment.

This year, New Jersey’s overdose death rate was 17 percent higher in the first half of 2020 compared to the first six months of 2019. The distribution, continuing through Saturday Sept 26, is part of the Murphy Administration’s continued effort to combat the opioid crisis.

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This is the  Murphy Administration’s second free naloxone distribution to residents. In June 2019, Nj Dept. of Human Services oversaw a free naloxone distribution at pharmacies that led to residents receiving 32,000 doses of naloxone. Like the 2019 distribution, the naloxone will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis while supplies last.

Naloxone can reverse overdoses from opioids by blocking the effects of opioids on the brain. Those who obtain naloxone will also be given information regarding addiction treatment and recovery.

Participating pharmacies have standing orders from the Department of Health for dispensing of naloxone. The distribution is a Human Services program approved by the New Jersey Board of Pharmacy.

NJ Dept. of 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.

Participating pharmacies near Nutley include:

CVS 515 Allwood Rd. Clifton NJ 

Shoprite of Belleville 726 Washington Ave Belleville NJ 

CVS 331 Broad St Bloomfield NJ 

ShopRite of Brookdale 1409 Broad St Bloomfield NJ 

Gary's Pharmacy 349 Franklin Ave Nutley NJ 

 A complete list of participating locations in New Jersey can be found at: nj.gov/humanservices/stopoverdoses.

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