By: Shannon Persad
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New Jersey Naloxone Administrations Down 6%
Out of the most hard-hit areas in the United States on the opioid crisis, New Jersey has had its fair share of opioid overdoses and overall drug abuse.
As a result, New Jersey allowed obtaining naloxone from select pharmacies without a prescription. Ideally, you want the number to be as low as possible. However, the number of administered naloxone has increased—until now.
In 2018, New Jersey saw 16,082 naloxone administered. In 2019, only 15,104 were administered.
New Jersey’s Naloxone Plan is Working
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, “Naloxone is a medication designed to rapidly reverse opioid overdose. It is an opioid antagonist—meaning that it binds to opioid receptors and can reverse and block the effects of other opioids. It can very quickly restore normal respiration to a person whose breathing has slowed or stopped as a result of overdosing with heroin or prescription opioid pain medications.” It is also known as Narcan.
Last June, New Jersey gave away free naloxone so they can use it to save lives, as it can reverse an opioid overdose, thus leading to fewer deaths. Could it be working? In 2019, New Jersey saw a 3% decrease in opioid overdose deaths.
In New Jersey, you can obtain naloxone from a local pharmacy. There is a list of “Pharmacies with Standing Orders to Dispense Naloxone.”
For a longer list of locations and where to go, click here.
This allows residents easy access to naloxone to save the life of a loved one. The 15,104 who were administered naloxone in 2019 had their life saved, reversing the overdose. In 2015, about 7,227 naloxone was used, which has now doubled. While more lives were saved, double the amount was used in 2019, showing the opioid crisis is still an issue in NJ today.
How to Get Help for an Opioid Addiction in New Jersey
If you or someone you know is suffering from opioid addiction in New Jersey or any other substance abuse, contact ATSI at 1-(855)-498-2121 for a confidential consultation.