New Jersey to provide naloxone for free to residents starting Sept. 24

New Jersey to provide naloxone for free to residents starting Sept. 24

New Jersey residents can get free naloxone at more than 320 participating pharmacies across the state from Sept. 24-26, Gov. Phil Murphy Human Services Commissioner Carole Johnson announced Wednesday.

Part of Murphy’s efforts to combat the opioid crisis in that state, the program will allow New Jersey residents to visit participating pharmacies and anonymously obtain the opioid overdose reversal medication at no cost and with no prescription and no appointment. Each pack of naloxone contains two doses.

Several locations of CVS, Rite Aid, Sav-On, ShopRite, Walgreens, Walmart, and others, as well as many independent pharmacies, will be among the 322 pharmacies making the drug available.

“Giving people this live-saving antidote is an opportunity to get people on the path to recovery,” said New Jersey Department of Human Services Assistant Commissioner Valerie Mielke, who manages Human Services’ Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services.

Those who pick up the medication will also be given information on the state’s addiction treatment helpline, where New Jersey-based trained addiction counselors assist callers 24/7 regardless of their insurance status.

This is the second free naloxone distribution in New Jersey. In June 2019, the New Jersey Department of Human Services oversaw the distribution of more than 32,000 doses of naloxone for free at pharmacies throughout the state.

“The ongoing opioid epidemic continues to devastate communities across our state,” Murphy said. “By expanding access to Naloxone, New Jerseyans will have this lifesaving medication readily available to help those who may be suffering from an overdose.”