The Overdose Prevention Act of 2013, also known as the Good Samaritan Law, encourages people to seek medical assistance when someone is overdosing without fear of arrest. Witnesses and victims are protected from arrest, charge, prosecution, conviction, and revocation of parole or probation for possession or use of illegal drugs. (P.L. 2013, c.46) And, a person who administers naloxone shall not, as a result of the person’s acts or omissions, be subject to any criminal or civil liability for administering an Opioid antidote in accordance with this act. (Section C.24:6J-4b)
What is Narcan?
Naloxone is a medication designed to rapidly reverse opioid overdose that works by binding to opioid receptors to block the effects of opioids. There are three FDA-approved formulations of naloxone, including NARCAN® Nasal Spray. For more information about Narcan, including how it works and how to use it, visit www.narcan.com.
How can I get Narcan?
Naloxone can be obtained through a prescription from your doctor, over-the-counter at most pharmacies or through an overdose prevention program and training. Learn more about obtaining NARCAN® at your pharmacy here.
New Jersey residents can call or text the NJ Harm Reduction Coalition at 877-4-NARCAN (877-462-7226) for FREE injectable naloxone mailed anywhere in NJ.
Schools, public libraries, YMCA's may be eligible to receive free NARCAN® and can learn more here.
Community organizations, departments of health, EMS, law enforcement and schools/universities may qualify to purchase NARCAN® Nasal Spray directly from Adapt Pharma at a public interest price and can apply here.
Through grant funding and partnerships with other organizations like Rutgers and CARES, The Center is able to provide free overdose prevention trainings and distribute free Narcan kits. The training covers overdose prevention strategies, including how to recognize the signs and symptoms of overdose and how to administer Narcan, as well as local recovery support information and resources.