SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ  – Twin City Pharmacy is participating in a state initiative to combat the opioid crisis. For one day only, the Park Avenue pharmacy will distribute free Naloxone (i.e Narcan), no questions asked. 

Throughout the day June 18, Twin City will have approximately 125 doses of Narcan available on a first come, first served basis. No name, prescription, insurance, or payment is required and distribution is limited to one per person. Directions on how to administer Narcan, which comes in a nasal form, along with addiction treatment and recovery information will also be provided. 

“Our goal is to spread awareness and every bit of awareness that we can have will make a difference,” said Twin City co-owner and Pharmacist-in-Charge Bill Ashnault. “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.”

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Earlier this month, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced that the opioid overdose reversal drug naloxone would be distributed free and anonymously at participating pharmacies throughout the state on June 18 as part of an initiative to combat the opioid crisis; the one-day distribution of free naloxone is part of a pilot program approved by the New Jersey Board of Pharmacy and funded through a state grant.

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.  

According to Ashnault, while drug overdoses are a major issue, the free Narcan initiative is not just for addicts but also for patients with chronic pain, the elderly, and for parents. 

“There is a need to have preventive care; preventive care is many different things. The push isn’t just for drug addiction, which is of course a big part of it, but people who are addicted to medication and opioids may not be the only ones in need of Narcan. Others would benefit from having this type of product in their house,” he told TAPinto South Plainfield, adding,Mistakes can happen and we are trying to help people understand that if they do, there is a way to rectify it.”

Twin City Pharmacy & Surgical, located at 1708 Park Avenue, is open seven-days-a-week, offers free local delivery to all customers, boasts competitive pricing, and also installs portable ramps. Twin City accepts 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. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

For more about the June 18 Naloxone event or to reach the pharmacy, call (908) 755-7696. Additional information is also available online at www.twincityrx.com.

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