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?
Narcan can be obtained through a prescription from your doctor, over-the-counter at most pharmacies or through an overdose prevention program and training.
The Center partners with grant-funded organizations to provide free 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.
To register for one the following trainings, please contact Erika Shortway, Project Coordinator for the Northern Region Opioid Overdose Prevention Program, at [email protected]
Wednesday, December 12 | 6:00-7:30 p.m.
The Center, 65 Newton Sparta Rd, Newton, NJ 07860.