You can save a life with Narcan.

What is Narcan?

Narcan (Nalaxone) is a life-saving, first-aid medication used to quickly reverse an opioid overdose. It works by temporarily blocking the effects of opioids by attaching to brain receptors that opioids use.  Common opioids that can lead to an overdose include heroin, fentanyl, oxycodone, and morphine. In emergency situations where there is a suspected opioid overdose, Narcan/Nalaxone is given intranasally (in the nose). It takes about 2-5 minutes to begin working and may require more than one dose. The effects of Narcan last for between 30-90 minutes, and often lead to withdrawal symptoms like nausea, vomiting, agitation, and muscle aches.  It is important to call 911 during a suspected overdose, as the effects of the opioids can outlast the naloxone.

Narcan Distribution

Empower Somerset has led the Somerset County Overdose Fatality Review (OFR) Team since 2020, aiming to identify and address gaps in the system for overdose prevention and intervention. The team conducts confidential reviews of overdose deaths to understand the factors contributing to each case and identify missed opportunities for intervention. These efforts help in recognizing patterns and developing strategies for better coordination among agencies and improving community conditions to prevent future overdose deaths. 

One significant action taken by the team was the recommendation to increase the accessibility of Narcan. Following this, Empower Somerset launched a campaign in 2022 to distribute Narcan and offer training across the community to ensure prompt response to overdose incidents. Narcan is crucial for temporarily reversing the effects of opioids, and it’s important to seek medical help immediately after its administration. Empower Somerset provides free Narcan kits and training for its use, emphasizing the community’s role in combating the overdose crisis.

To receive your FREE Narcan kit or to schedule a training contact Empower Somerset at 908-722-4900. Click here for instructions on how to administer Narcan.

Dispose of Prescription Drugs Safely!

Bring your unused or expired prescription drugs to participating prescription drop box locations.  

Available 24/7, these Rx drop boxes afford residents the opportunity to safely dispose of unwanted, unused or expired prescriptions in a safe, secure and anonymous way, free of charge. Please note: needles, sharps and liquid medications are not accepted at RX drop box locations.

For a list of prescription drop box locations in Somerset County, please click here

Naloxone365: NJ Free Naloxone at Pharmacies Program

Bring your unused or expired prescription drugs to participating prescription drop box locations. The Naloxone365 program is a state-wide initiative that enables individuals aged 14 years or older to to obtain naloxone for free and anonymously participating pharmacies in New Jersey. Please click here for a comprehensive list of participating pharmacies in Somerset County. Please note that this list is updated frequently based on naloxone availability and pharmacy participation in the program. 

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