On June 18, 174 pharmacies throughout New Jersey will distribute naloxone, the opioid reversal drug, anonymously and at no cost. No prescription will be needed; nor will an appointment be needed. It’s part of a state government initiative to combat the opioid crisis.
Both community pharmacies and chain pharmacies such as Walgreens, Rite Aid, ShopRite, and CVS are taking part.
One dose per person of naloxone will be distributed on a first come, first-served basis. Naloxone can reverse opioid overdoses by blocking the effects of opioids on the brain. People who obtain naloxone on June 18 will also be given information regarding addiction treatment and recovery.
There were “more than 3,000 overdose deaths in New Jersey last year…” said New Jersey Department of Human Services Commissioner Carole Johnson. Last year, first responders in the state administered naloxone more than 16,000 times. The one-day distribution is part of a pilot program approved by the New Jersey Board of Pharmacy.