New Jersey Announces Plan To Provide Individuals with Life-Saving Naloxone for Free and Anonymously

After New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced during today’s State of the State address his plans to help fight the opioid crisis, Human Services Commissioner Sarah Adelman provided some details on how individuals will soon be able to anonymously obtain the opioid overdose antidote naloxone for free at participating pharmacies at any time.

The initiative is part of the Murphy Administration’s ongoing efforts to combat the opioid crisis and save lives by getting life-saving naloxone into as many hands as possible.

Under the initiative, those age 14 and over will be able to request and obtain naloxone at participating pharmacies for free without having to provide a name or reason.

No prescription will be needed.

One two-dose naloxone nasal spray kit will be provided per visit.

Human Services has held special pharmacy naloxone giveaways in recent years, but this program will permit consumers to obtain free naloxone any day of the year.

The program, which will officially launch soon, will be funded with federal grant money.

The plan to get naloxone into individual hands through pharmacies comes after the Murphy Administration in July launched a Naloxone Distribution Program that allows eligible agencies the opportunity to request direct shipments of naloxone online anytime they need it.

Among others, the eligible agencies for that program include first responder agencies, harm reduction agencies, county prosecutor’s offices, libraries and shelters.

Since 2018, Human Services has distributed about 186,000 two-dose naloxone kits throughout the state, including 54,000 kits in 2022.

Anyone seeking addiction assistance can call 1-844-ReachNJ (732-2465), a 24-hour-a-day, 7 day-a-week addictions help line, where people facing addiction or their friends and family can get immediate assistance and support from live, New Jersey-based, trained addiction counselors.

ReachNJ assists callers regardless of their insurance status.

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4 COMMENTS

  1. This is enabling users to continueusing instead of getting help. No?
    Perhaps finding the root cause of the problem?
    I believe its the deep-rooted unhappiness that prevails from empty pursuits. The more material goods we run after the deeper the unhappiness. Check countries were the expectations of materialistic things are less so is the opioid usage less.

    • And by the way, this issue of pursuing materialistic pleasure is not only said in the Jewish/religious world, it’s even said by Gentile natural health experts.

      In general, a person should focus on being happy with what he has – and what help he has gotten from others, and should look to do whatever good he can for the world. That is one’s purpose here. One is not here to be depressed etc. If a person will focus on doing goodness, he’ll be very happy and feel ‘on the ball’, and people will appreciate him.
      Certainly, there are others who can improve their character, and one may sometimes feel pressure from those who are not so polished, but one should not sulk about it. Rather, one should be be happy and proud of all the good that one is part of, and take it from there, and one will be respected and appreciated.

  2. This is just like the Chelm story where the bridge kept collapsing and people were getting hurt, so the solution was to build a hospital next to the bridge.

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