TRENTON, NJ - The emergency men's shelter at St. Paul's Community Development Corporation will be one of 36 shelters across the state to carry the opioid overdose antidote naloxone under an initiative by the New Jersey Department of Human Services to get naloxone into as many hands as possible to help save lives.

“Nearly 1,200 doses of the nasal spray form of naloxone are being delivered to homeless shelters across the State to put this lifesaving tool in the hands of staff who can help save lives from overdose,” Commissioner Carole Johnson said in announcing the giveaway.

The shelter initiative comes on the heels of the Department’s June 18 giveaway of 32,000 doses of free naloxone that did not require an individual prescription at 174 participating pharmacies throughout the state. It was considered the largest one-day free distribution in the country.

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“With the ongoing and present challenges of addiction that we see in our neighborhoods and across our city, St. Paul’s Community Development Corporation is pleased to be a participant in the statewide initiative to receive donations of Naxalone – getting needed resources to the communities impacted the most" Richard C. William, Executive Director of St. Paul's CDC told TAPinto Paterson. “This is not about feeding addiction, but rather being adequately resourced to address the challenge head on.”

“Our goal is to save lives. We are doing everything we can to give this life-saving antidote to as many people as possible,” Johnson said. “We need all the help we can get in fighting this deadly epidemic.“

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