NJ Residents can get opioid-overdose antidote naloxone at no cost from September 24 to 26

As part of Governor Murphy's continued effort to combat the opioid crisis, New Jerseyans can visit participating pharmacies and anonymously get naloxone at no cost without a prescription or appointment from September 24 to 26. Each pack of naloxone (commonly called Narcan) contains two doses.

What is naloxone?

Naloxone can reverse overdoses from opioids by blocking the effects of opioids on the brain. It's being made available at no cost to residents to help prevent deaths caused by opioid-overdose.

Pharmacies that will distribute naloxone at no cost

The naloxone will be available at no cost at 322 pharmacies across the state, including certain Acme, CVS, Rite-Aid, Sav-On, ShopRite, Stop & Shop, Walgreens, Walmart and Weis Markets locations, as well as several independent pharmacies. The naloxone will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last.

Information about the state's addiction treatment helpline, 1-844-ReachNJ, which operates 24/7, will also be provided. People with addiction or their family and friends can get immediate assistance and support from live, New Jersey-based trained addiction counselors. ReachNJ assists callers regardless of their insurance status.

Horizon NJ Health members also have access to NJ Peer Recovery, a peer-to-peer support program for those living with a substance use disorder or are in recovery. Peer Support Specialists are only a phone call away. Call 1-833-422-2765 (TTY 711), 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week or visit NJPeerRecovery.com