Coming Soon: Board of Pharmacy Guidance

The NJ Board of Pharmacy is expected to issue guidance soon to its licensees about dispensing naloxone.  When that guidance is issued, the Department of Health will link to it from here.

Information for Medical Practitioners

State law allows physicians to prescribe Naloxone (Narcan ®) to anyone in a position to assist others during an overdose (e.g., bystanders). This is called third party prescribing.

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Naloxone (Narcan ®) Distribution and Training

Naloxone (Narcan ®) is a medication designed to reverse opioid overdose rapidly. It binds to opioid receptors in the body—the same parts of the nervous system that opioid drugs target. When this happens, it can reverse and block the effects of other opioids. It can restore normal respiration very quickly to a person whose breathing has slowed or stopped as a result of overdosing with heroin or prescription opioid pain medications.

The Department of Health facilitates naloxone (Narcan ®) availability and training in its use through a variety of public and private partnerships across the state.

Standing Orders: Naloxone

The Department of Health will issue a standing order to any licensed pharmacist in good standing with the New Jersey Board of Pharmacy to dispense naloxone.

There are two versions of standing orders:  (1) individual pharmacist and (2) chain pharmacy.  The standing orders do not have an expiration date but will automatically expire if opioid antidotes are approved for over-the-counter sale and distribution. The standing orders will be periodically reviewed and updated if there are relevant developments in the law or science about opioid antidote administration. 

Read the SAMPLE standing orders for more information.

SAMPLE: Standing Order for Pharmacists

SAMPLE: Standing Order for Chain Pharmacies

Pharmacists may request a standing order from the Department of Health, Office of the Deputy Commissioner, Public Health Services as follows:

Via email at

Via phone at 609-292-7836

Pharmacists must provide name, license number and contact information.  For chain pharmacies, please provide the name and license number of the Registered Pharmacist in Charge.

Under New Jersey law, a pharmacist who dispenses naloxone pursuant to the standing order shall ensure that the following information is supplied to the recipient:

  1. information on opioid overdose prevention and recognition; 
  2. instructions on how to perform rescue breathing and resuscitation; 
  3. information on opioid antidote dosage and instructions on opioid antidote administration;
  4. information describing the importance of calling 911 emergency telephone service for assistance with an opioid overdose; and 
  5. instructions for appropriate care of an overdose victim after administration of the opioid antidote.

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These instructions, created by the manufacturer of Narcan ®, are for those who want to assist others experiencing an opioid overdose by providing emergency assistance to them and by giving them intranasal naloxone (Narcan ®), the overdose antidote. After viewing the instructions and other information, individuals may ask their physicians/advance practice nurses or pharmacist about obtaining naloxone (Narcan ®) (they can also be referred to this website for information about prescribing the drug and the intranasal applicator).

A manufacturer-produced how-to video is also available.

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Opioid Overdose Prevention Program

The three regional opioid overdose prevention programs provide individuals at-risk for overdose, their family members, friends, and loved ones with naloxone rescue kits and educate and train them on how to prevent, recognize and respond to an opioid overdose. Additionally, funded organizations have established a procedure to make naloxone (Narcan ®) available to those who are either at-risk or have family, friends or loved ones at-risk for an opioid overdose. Intranasal administration of naloxone (Narcan ®) is the protocol recommended by the Department of Health.


Morris County Prevention is Key
25 West Main St.
Rockaway, NJ 07866
Contact: Erica Shortway


Jersey Shore Healthcare
685 Neptune Blvd
Neptune Township NJ 07732
Contact: Diane Villari


Urban Treatment Associates
808 Market St.
Camden, NJ 08102
Contact: Joanna Dugan

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Last Reviewed: 9/16/2019