The state is sending 11,352 free doses of the opioid-overdose antidote naloxone (commonly called Narcan) to 179 emergency medical services teams throughout New Jersey.
“The opioid epidemic continues to take far too many of our friends and neighbors,” said Human Services Commissioner Carole Johnson, “We are committed to making naloxone as readily available as possible to as many people as possible — to save as many lives as possible.”
Naloxone reverses overdoses from opioids by blocking the effects of opioids on the brain.
“New Jersey continues to battle the overdose epidemic, which is being compounded by the current COVID-19 health emergency,” said Health Commissioner Judith M. Persichilli.
Human Services has also distributed more than 86,000 doses of free naloxone to New Jersey resident (32,000), police departments (53,000), libraries (400) and homeless shelters (1,200).