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N.J. will give out free Narcan at select pharmacies Sept. 24-26

NEW JERSEY – Governor Murphy and Human Services Commissioner Carole Johnson announced that the state will offer the opioid overdose reversal drug naloxone (commonly called Narcan) for free to residents at participating pharmacies throughout New Jersey from September 24 through 26.

As part of the Murphy Administration’s continued effort to combat the opioid crisis, New Jerseyans can visit participating pharmacies and anonymously obtain naloxone for free with no prescription and no appointment. Each naloxone pack contains two doses.

The free naloxone will be available at 322 pharmacies, including several locations of Acme, CVS, Rite Aid, Sav-On, ShopRite, Stop & Shop, Walgreens, Walmart, Weis Markets and independent pharmacies.

Hunterdon County:

Shoprite Pharmacy Of Clinton 50 Walmart Plaza Clinton NJ 08809 (908) 730-6800
CVS 190 Hwy 31 Flemington NJ 08822 (908) 788-1606
Reading Ridge Pharmacy 8 Reading Road – Ste 206 Flemington NJ 08822 (908) 782-7576
Shoprite Pharmacy Of Hunterdon 272 Highway 202 & Rt. 31 Flemington NJ 08822 (908) 782-2553
Hunts Mill Pharmacy 98 Main Street Hampton NJ 08827 (855) 612-1387
CVS 1 Cherry St. Lambertville NJ 08530 (609) 397-0730
Bowker’s Pharmacy 46 Bridge St Milford NJ 08848 732-599-1268

Morris County:

Acme Pharmacy 550 Myrtle Ave Boonton NJ 07005 (973) 402-4330
CVS 255 Rte 46 Budd Lake NJ 07828 (973) 448-9051
Shoprite Pharmacy Of Greater Morristown 178 East Hanover Avenue Cedar Knolls NJ 07927 (973) 829-6825
Towne Pharmacy 103 Ridgedale Avenue Cedar Knolls NJ 07927 973-538-6787
Acme Pharmacy 123 East Main Street Denville NJ 07834 (973) 586-2217
Walgreens 100 E Mcfarlan St Dover NJ 07801 (973) 328-1355
Walmart 40 International Dr S Flanders NJ 07836 (973) 347-7400
Weis Markets 293 Us Highway Rt 206 – Unit 1 Flanders NJ 07836 (973) 598-8913
CVS 1105 Route 46 Ledgewood NJ 07852 (973) 927-4662
Robinson Drug Shop 2 E. Main Street Mendham NJ 07945 (973) 543-2525
Sav-On Pharmacy 329 Speedwell Avenue Morris Plains NJ 07950 (973) 984-9671
Riteaid 213 South Street Morristown NJ 07960 (973) 540-9599
Acme Pharmacy 5774 Berkshire Valley Road Oak Ridge NJ 07438 (973) 697-3310
Sav-On Pharmacy 690 Millbrook Avenue Randolph NJ 07869 (973) 895-2694
Shoprite Pharmacy Of Stirling 1153 Valley Road Stirling NJ 07980 (908) 604-2129

Sussex County:

Walmart 230 State Highway 23 Franklin NJ 07416 (973) 209-4242
Weis Markets 140 Route 23 Franklin NJ 07416 (973) 209-4453
Shoprite Pharmacy Of Montague 10 Route #23 / Tri State Mall Montague NJ 07821 (973) 293-8207
Walgreens 126 Water St Newton NJ 07860 (973) 300-5291
Walmart 26 Hampton House Rd Newton NJ 07860 (973) 300-1859
Weis Markets 121 Water Street Newton NJ 07860 (973) 383-4849
CVS 11 Theatre Centre Street Sparta NJ 07871 (973) 726-3422
Sparta Pharmacy 61 Sparta Ave Sparta NJ 07871 (973) 512-3131
Acme Pharmacy 455 State Rte. 23 Sussex NJ 07461 (973) 702-4025
Acme Pharmacy 530 County Rte 515 Unit 1 Vernon NJ 07462 (973) 764-5380
CVS 302 Route 94 Vernon NJ 07462 (973) 764-0606

Warren County:

Riteaid 2 Upper Sarepta Road Belvidere NJ 07823 (908) 475-5747
Acme Pharmacy 152 State Rte 94 Blairstown NJ 07825 (908) 362-1799
North Warren Pharmacy Gift And Floral 155 State Rt 94 Blairstown NJ 07825 (908) 362-5156
CVS 85 Main St. Hackettstown NJ 07840 (908) 852-2024
Riteaid 755 Memorial Pky (Us Hwy 22) Phillipsburg NJ 08865 (908) 859-1812
Shoprite Pharmacy Of Greenwich 1207 Route #22 Phillipsburg NJ 08865 (908) 454-8086
Stop And Shop Pharmacy 1278 Us Highway 22 Phillipsburg NJ 08865 908-859-8331
Walmart 1300 Us Highway 22 Phillipsburg NJ 08865 (908) 454-3622
Riteaid 354 State Route 57 West Washington NJ 07882 (908) 689-8561
Shoprite Pharmacy Of Washington 2 Clubhouse Dr. Washington NJ 07882 (908) 835-0761

For a complete list of participating pharmacies, click here.

This will be the Murphy Administration’s second free naloxone distribution to residents. Human Services in June 2019 oversaw a free naloxone distribution at pharmacies that led to residents receiving 32,000 doses of naloxone.

“The ongoing opioid epidemic continues to devastate communities across our state,” Murphy said. “By expanding access to Naloxone, New Jerseyans will have this lifesaving medication readily available to help those who may be suffering from an overdose.”

“This is all about saving lives,” Johnson said. “We’re continuing to find innovative ways to combat this epidemic that has taken far too many lives. We urge everyone to visit a participating pharmacy to get a free pack of this overdose reversal drug because, quite frankly, you never know when you’re going to need it to save a life.”

The naloxone will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis while supplies last.

Naloxone can reverse overdoses from opioids by blocking the effects of opioids on the brain. Those who obtain naloxone will also be given information regarding addiction treatment and recovery.

Participating pharmacies have standing orders from the Department of Health for dispensing of naloxone. The distribution is a Human Services program approved by the New Jersey Board of Pharmacy.

Human Services has also distributed 53,000 free doses of naloxone to police departments, 11,352 free doses to EMS teams, 1,200 free doses to shelters for those experiencing homelessness and 400 free doses to libraries.

“Last year’s turnout showed there is a strong demand for naloxone.  New Jerseyans stood up and said they want to help and be ready to have the opportunity to save someone’s life,” Johnson said. “We want to build on last year’s event and get naloxone into as many hands as possible. We want to save lives.”

Those who pick up free naloxone will be given information regarding the state’s addiction treatment helpline, 1-844-ReachNJ, 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.

“Giving people this live-saving antidote is an opportunity to get people on the path to recovery,” said New Jersey Department of Human Services Assistant Commissioner Valerie Mielke, who manages Human Services’ Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services.

“Treatment works and recovery is possible,” Johnson said.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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