NEW JERSEY – Five area pharmacies will dispense Narcan, the opioid overdose reversal drug, for free from September 24 to 26.

Under the state-sponsored program, residents will be able to anonymously obtain the drug with no prescription and no appointment, according to an announcement by Gov. Phil Murphy and Human Services Commissioner Carole Johnson.

Statewide, free Narcan will be distributed at 322 pharmacies, including locations in Acme, CVS, Rite-Aid, ShopRite, Stop & Shop, Walgreens and Walmart. 

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There are 16 pharmacies throughout Bergen County participating in the program. Locally, it is being offered at:

  • Walmart 174 Passaic St Garfield NJ
  • Stop And Shop Pharmacy, 380 West Pleasantview Avenue, Hackensack
  • Levys Pharmacy, 299 Stuyvesant Ave., Lyndhurst
  • Invictus Pharmacy, 60 Essex St., Rochelle Park
  • Acme Pharmacy, 75 Mayhill Street, Saddle Brook

Each pack will contain two doses and will be distributed on a first come, first served basis while supplies last. 

Those who pick up naloxone will also receive information regarding substance abuse treatment and recovery, along with details about the state’s addiction treatment helpline, 1-844-ReachNJ. The service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to anyone facing addiction, regardless of insurance status.

The upcoming program is part of the Murphy Administration’s continued effort to combat the opioid crisis and marks the second time New Jersey has offered free Narcan distribution at pharmacies. 

In June 2019, the state oversaw a program that led to residents receiving 32,000 doses of naloxone at pharmacies.

Johnson said the turnout “showed there is a strong demand for naloxone” and that the state wants to “build on last year’s event” and get the lifesaving drug into “as many hands as possible.”

The state has also distributed 53,000 free doses of Narcan to police departments, 11,352 free doses to EMS teams, 1,200 free doses to homeless shelters and 400 free doses to libraries.

“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 available to help those who may be suffering from an overdose.”

Statewide, 1,834 suspected overdose deaths have been reported between Jan. 1 and July 31, along with 8,774 Narcan administrations.

 

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