Free Narcan on June 18th
In response to the ongoing opioid epidemic, the New Jersey Department of Human Services announced that NJ residents will be able to obtain free Narcan at participating pharmacies. On June 18th, individuals can receive one dose on a first-come-first-serve basis. Those who are interested can receive it anonymously and at no cost. All participating pharmacies can be found here.
In 2018, New Jersey saw over three thousand overdose deaths directly related to heroin. Narcan- also known as Naloxone, is an overdose-reversing adrenaline shot that can be administered by non-medical professionals. If an individual overdoses, Narcan is the first line of defense in saving a life.
Carole Johnson, the Commissioner of the NJ Department of Human Services, stated that available Narcan is “an important part of the equation” in the fight against fatal opioid overdoses. Johnson and her department have been working side-by-side with New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy in a joint effort to stop the spread of addiction.
With readily available Narcan, and increased law enforcement activity, New Jersey is stepping up to the front lines in the fight against addiction. It is important to remember… Narcan is not the solution. The overdose-reversing drug is a mere safeguard and heat-of-the-moment stitch to stop the bleeding. We often see young adults following an overdose, and their mindset justifies continued use because “they can always use Narcan if something happens.” Narcan can save a life, but it will not improve a life. Routinely putting a bandaid on a deep wound will only work for so long. Eventually, one must reach the source of the problem for something to change.
If you or a loved one are struggling, or need any guidance, please do not hesitate to reach out. We are always happy to help point you in the right direction.