There is no other way to say it: the opioid epidemic continues to be a problem.

However, the state of New Jersey is taking preemptive actions to try and do what they can to help those in need.

On June 18th, New Jersey residents can get a free dose of naloxone, which is the opioid overdose reversal drug {also well-known as Narcan), for free at chain pharmacies such as Walgreens, Rite Aid, ShopRite and CVS as well as local pharmacies.

“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.”

Those who take advantage of this offer can receive a free dose without identification, a prescription or an appointment and will also be given information regarding addiction treatment and recovery.

The only limit to this giveaway is that each person will only be given one dose of naloxone each because the giveaway is first come, first serve.

“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 Governor Phil 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.”

For the full list of pharmacies giving away free doses of naloxone, click HERE.

To read the original article, head to PressOfAtlanticCity.com.

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