Residents of New Jersey will be able to obtain free naloxone June 18 at local pharmacies as part of an initiative to combat opioid abuse, the state announced Friday.

Gov. Phil Murphy said the naloxone, an opioid overdose reversal drug also known by the brand name Narcan, will be available without identification, a prescription or an appointment. It will be distributed one dose per person on a first-come, first-served basis.

“The scourge of opioids continues to devastate families and communities across our state, and we must do everything we can to end the opioid epidemic,” said Murphy. “Through this initiative, people who are battling with addiction will be able to receive access to this critical medication and help them get on a path to recovery.”

The one-day distribution is part of a pilot program approved by the New Jersey Board of Pharmacy.

“With more than 3,000 overdose deaths in New Jersey last year, the Murphy administration is taking action to empower residents to help prevent overdoses,” said New Jersey Human Services Commissioner Carole Johnson. “We are making the opioid overdose reversal drug naloxone available for free on June 18 to help New Jerseyans have the tools they need to support their friends and loved ones and to give us every opportunity to save lives and connect people with opioid addiction to treatment.”

Select locations of chain pharmacies such as Walgreens, Rite Aid, ShopRite and CVS and community pharmacies across the state will participate in the giveaway. People who obtain naloxone June 18 also will be given information regarding addiction treatment and recovery.

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I began covering South Jersey in 2008 after graduating from Rowan University with a degree in journalism. I joined The Press in 2015. In 2013, I was awarded a NJPA award for feature writing as a reporter for The Current of Hamilton Township.

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