- Associated Press - Friday, June 7, 2019

TRENOTN, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy says the state will be handing out doses of the opioid antidote naloxone later this month.

Murphy, a Democrat, said in a statement issued Friday that pharmacies across the state will be handing out single doses of naloxone on June 18 on a first-come, first-served basis.

The giveaway is part of a pilot program approved by the state’s pharmacy board. It’s unclear how much the effort will cost.

State statistics show there were about 3,000 drug-related deaths in 2018, up from about 2,700 in 2017.

Attorney General Gurbir Grewal says naloxone was administered last year by first responders about 16,000 times, preventing thousands of deaths.



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