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Opioid Overdose Prevention

BACKGROUND

What is Narcan/Naloxone?

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.

What is the Overdose Prevention Act?

The New Jersey 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)

FREE CLASS TRAININGS

Trainings are 1 hour long and take place on the first Friday of the month at the Sussex County Recovery Community Center located at 65 Newton Sparta Rd, Newton, NJ 07860.

Participants receive a free Narcan kit and learn how to recognize the signs and symptoms of overdose and administer Narcan, as well as information about current drug trends and local resources.

Upcoming Trainings:

Friday, May 3, 2024

12-1 PM

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STATEWIDE

Opioid Overdose Prevention Network
Free Narcan Nasal Spray and Training
Contact: Katherine Kneisel
Phone: (732) 235-4341
Email: [email protected]

REGIONAL

Northern: Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Morris, Passaic, Sussex and Warren
Prevention is Key CARES
Contact: Melanie Conquest
Phone: (973) 625-1143
Email: [email protected]

Central: Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Somerset and Union
JSAS Healthcare, Inc.
Contact: Diane Villari
Phone: (732) 988-8877, ext. 1135
Email: [email protected]

Southern: Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Ocean and Salem
Urban Treatment Associates, Inc.
Contact: Joanna Dugan
Phone: (856) 225-0505
Email: [email protected]

FREE NARCAN

Community Members

Go to your local Harm Reduction Center for free naloxone. People in the Sussex County area can come to the Spring Street Harm Reduction Center, 61 Spring Street, 2nd Floor, Newton, NJ 07860 between the hours of 9-4 Monday-Friday or call 844-722-5327.

NARCAN nasal spray is also available anonymously and free of charge to anyone 14 years or older in New Jersey at participating pharmacies (No ID or prescription required).

Injectable naloxone is available by mail through the NJ Harm Reduction Coalition. Call or text 877-4-NARCAN.

Organizations

First Responder/Emergency Medical Response Entities and certain types of other community agencies in New Jersey may be eligible to receive free Narcan in bulk through the NJ Department of Human Services Naloxone Distribution Program.

Schools, public libraries, and YMCA's from anywhere in the country may be eligible to receive free NARCAN® directly from the pharmaceutical company. Download the order forms here

Overdose Prevention Tools

For more information or assistance in obtaining Narcan, please call our helpline at 844-722-5327 or email [email protected]