NJ to distribute free Narcan next week at these participating pharmacies

David Madden
June 13, 2019 - 1:45 pm

New Jersey Department of Human Services


TRENTON, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — New Jersey health officials are taking a new approach in dealing with the opioid epidemic. 

About 20,000 free packages of Narcan will be given out next week to anyone who wants it — no questions asked, and no prescription needed.

The packages will be available on June 18 at 170 pharmacies across the state, including 46 in Camden, Burlington and Gloucester counties. Those interested should ask for a two-pack of the antidote, which is used to bring addicts back from the brink after an overdose.

“Part of the reason why we’re doing this is because, unfortunately, New Jersey experienced more than 3,000 deaths last year from overdoses,” New Jersey Human Services Commissioner Carole Johnson said. “And as a result, we really feel like we need to empower everyone to be part of the solution.”

The pilot program costs $1.5 million.

This version of Narcan is the easiest to administer.

“In the past, the Narcan packs, you had to put things together to be able to use it,” Johnson added. “Now, it’s been really simplified, so it is basically like a nasal spray.”

Major chains like Rite Aid, CVS and Walgreens are part of the distribution network, but check ahead to make sure your pharmacy is participating here