By David Matthau, WKXW-FM
Getting naloxone where it is needed most
Naloxone is an affordable, safe, and life-saving medicine — but naloxone only prevents overdose deaths when it is widely accessible and in the hands of people who are witnessing overdoses.
People most likely to witness overdose are people who use drugs and our loved ones and social networks. People who use drugs and are unhoused or leaving incarceration are even more likely to witness an overdose.
Yet, for far too long, naloxone has been kept behind pharmacy doors or prioritized for first responders. The United States lags behind many nations in widespread naloxone distribution, and New Jersey lags behind many states.
We champion policies that remove legal and administrative barriers to community naloxone distribution, and for public funding to prioritize widespread community-based distribution.
Learn more about New Jersey's updated naloxone law from News12 — featuring Caitlin O'Neill
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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.