TRENOTN, N.J. — In New Jersey’s latest step in the fight against the opioid crisis, Naloxone, the drug used for the reversal of an opioid overdose and commonly known as Narcan, will be given out for free at pharmacies across the state on Tuesday.
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, a Democrat, said in a statement issued Friday, June 7 that pharmacies across the state will be handing out single doses of naloxone on June 18 on a first-come, first-served basis.
The giveaway is part of a pilot program approved by the state’s pharmacy board. It’s unclear how much the effort will cost.
State statistics show there were about 3,000 drug-related deaths in 2018, up from about 2,700 in 2017.
Attorney General Gurbir Grewal says naloxone was administered last year by first responders about 16,000 times, preventing thousands of deaths.