Let’s carry naloxone &
look out for one another
Get naloxone mailed for free anywhere in New Jersey
We welcome all requests and encourage all individuals to carry naloxone.
In the event of limited supplies, we prioritize getting naloxone to people most likely to witness an overdose. That’s people who use drugs, people who recently stopped using drugs, and friends and loved ones of people who use drugs.
We offer intramuscular or intranasal naloxone depending on availability. Due to the substantial price differential cannot guarantee availability of intranasal naloxone. All FDA-approved forms of naloxone are appropriate for community distribution and permitted by New Jersey law.
If you have health insurance and a pharmacy you trust, you can also see if your pharmacy carries naloxone. Thanks to a new law in New Jersey, most pharmacies should sell naloxone without prescription. Here is a list of pharmacies with current naloxone standing orders.
Great question! We’re honored to work with a wide network of individual and organizational naloxone distributors. Learn more here.
Get Naloxone at a Harm Reduction Center (HRC)
You can get naloxone for free at one of New Jersey’s seven Harm Reduction Centers, located in Asbury Park, Atlantic City, Camden, Jersey City, Newark, Paterson, and Trenton.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you suspect an overdose has happened, call their name, and check for one or more of the following signs:
- The person is unconscious and unresponsive/unable to stay awake or wake up.
- Breathing slowly or not at all
- Vomiting, Choking, or gurgling
- Lips, nails, or skin, are turning gray or blue
- Not responding to “I’m going to give you Narcan now!” or a sternum rub
Stay calm—you have naloxone and are prepared to respond by taking the following steps:
- Call 911 immediately & tell them the person is not breathing or is unresponsive
- Give Narcan/naloxone (the opioid overdose reversal drug) to the person
- If the person is not breathing, do rescue breathing (mouth-to-mouth breathing)
- Wait 1-2 minutes and if they are still not breathing give another dose
- Lay the person on their side once they resume breathing
- When someone comes out of an overdose, be gentle, explain what happened, ask
- what they need, and try your very best to listen to and act on what they say
New Jersey’s “Good Samaritan” law provides protection for an overdose survivor and those who call for help during an overdose from arrest, charge, and prosecution for obtaining, possessing, using, being under the influence of, or failing to make lawful disposition of drugs; using or possessing drug paraphernalia; and revocation of parole and probation based on these charges.
We have naloxone, as we know it today, through the radical activism of people who use drugs, advocates, and allies redistributing the medication to keep each other alive. Naloxone was first patented to treat opioid-related constipation in 1961; by 1995, people who use drugs began distributing naloxone in grassroots networks to keep each other safe. In 2003, the Drug Overdose Prevention Education (D.O.P.E.) Project in San Francisco initiated the first low-barrier community naloxone distribution model. Our naloxone distribution is based on this model.
Harm reduction is essential. A harm reduction approach to drug use is the best strategy we have to end the overdose crisis, reduce risks associated with drug use, and affirm the dignity and bodily autonomy of every New Jerseyan.