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Christie announces amendment to make heroin overdose drug more available

The state's 'Pharmacy Practice Act' now allows pharmacies without Medical Directors to distribute Narcan


TRENTON — New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has announced an amendment to the state's "Pharmacy Practice Act" that now allows pharmacies without medical directors to apply for a standing order to distribute life-saving heroin antidote, Narcan.

The standing order, which is issued through the Department of Health, now opens the door for hundreds of pharmacies across the state who don't readily have a medical director on-hand to obtain the life-saving antidote and dispense it to people who are at risk of an overdose or to an individual who obtains the antidote to administer it to a loved one or someone in an emergency overdose situation.

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