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Governor Murphy announces free naloxone distribution throughout New Jersey

Christian Fernsby |
Governor Phil Murphy announced free distribution of naloxone, the opioid overdose reversal drug, at participating pharmacies throughout New Jersey on June 18.

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As part of Governor Murphy’s initiative to combat the opioid crisis, New Jerseyans will be able to visit participating pharmacies and anonymously obtain naloxone at no cost on June 18, without an individual prescription or an appointment.

Naloxone will be available at select locations of chain pharmacies such as Walgreens, Rite Aid, ShopRite, and CVS as well as at community pharmacies across the state.

Naloxone will be distributed one dose per person on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Naloxone can reverse overdoses from opioids by blocking the effects of opioids on the brain.

People who obtain naloxone during the June 18 distribution day will also be given information regarding addiction treatment and recovery.

Participating pharmacies have standing orders in place for the dispensing of naloxone.

The one-day distribution of free naloxone is part of a pilot program approved by the New Jersey Board of Pharmacy.


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