Governor Phil Murphy announced his plans to combat the opioid crisis during today’s State of the State address. Human Services Commissioner Sarah Adelman provided details on how individuals will soon be able to obtain the opioid overdose antidote naloxone for free and anonymously at participating pharmacies.
The project is part of the continuous efforts of the Murphy administration to tackle the opioid crisis and save lives by distributing as much naloxone as feasible.
Under the project, individuals over the age of 14 will be able to request and get naloxone at participating pharmacies without providing a name or explanation.
No prescription is necessary.
One nasal spray kit containing two doses of naloxone will be provided per visit.
In recent years, Human Services has sponsored special pharmacy naloxone giveaways, but new programme would allow consumers to receive free naloxone every day of the year.
The programme, which will soon debut officially, will be sponsored by a federal grant.
The initiative to provide naloxone through pharmacies follows the Murphy Administration’s July introduction of the Naloxone Distribution Program, which allows eligible agencies to request direct shipments of naloxone online whenever they require it.
This programme is open to first responder agencies, harm reduction agencies, county prosecutor’s offices, libraries, and shelters, among others.
Human Services has given about 186,000 two-dose naloxone kits around the state since 2018, including 54,000 kits in 2022.
Call 1-844-ReachNJ (732-2465), a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week addictions helpline, for urgent aid and support from qualified New Jersey-based addiction counsellors.