TRENTON, NJ - New Jersey residents can obtain free Naloxone, commonly called Narcan, without providing name or a prescription at 322 participating pharmacies from September 24 - 26. The program is part of the continued effort by the State to combat the opioid crisis.
New Jerseyans can visit participating pharmacies and anonymously obtain naloxone for free with no prescription and no appointment. Each Naloxone pack contains two doses.
For participating pharmacies, visit nj.gov/humanservices/stopoverdoses. The Naloxone will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis while supplies last.
This will be the State's second free Naloxone distribution to residents. The New Jersey Department Human Services, in June 2019, oversaw a free Naloxone distribution at pharmacies that led to residents receiving 32,000 doses of Naloxone.
“The ongoing opioid epidemic continues to devastate communities across our state,” said Governor Phil Murphy. “By expanding access to Naloxone, New Jerseyans will have this lifesaving medication readily available to help those who may be suffering from an overdose.”
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.
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 pick up free Naloxone will be given information regarding the state’s addiction treatment helpline, 1-844-ReachNJ, a 24-hour-a-day, 7 day-a-week addictions help line, where people facing addiction or their friends and family can get immediate assistance and support from live, New Jersey-based, trained addiction counselors. ReachNJ assists callers regardless of their insurance status.