NEW YORK – Naloxone (Narcan) is now available free to homes in all five boroughs thanks to a partnership between NEXT Distro and the New York City Department of Health.

Naloxone (Narcan) is a safe medication used to reverse an overdose of opioids, such as heroin, prescription painkillers, and fentanyl, but it can be used safely even in the absence of opioids.

The new partnership allows New York residents to receive a free naloxone kit in the mail.

Due to COVID-19 closures and restrictions, access to in-person naloxone is limited in New York City.

To receive a naloxone kit in the mail, New York residents will need to watch a training video and provide shipping information. Submission information will then be collected by the New York City Department of Health through an online form. All information will be stored securely and only accessible to members of the New York City Health Department’s Overdose Education and Naloxone Dispensing Unit (OENDU).

Orders will be processed within 2-3 business days of submitting your mailing information. After that, you can expect the kit to arrive in 1-2 weeks.

The training video and secure form are available in English and Spanish, according to NEXT Distro.

Anyone with questions about the distribution of Narcan can contact us here.

The New York City Department of Health has partnered with select drugstore chains in the city to make overdose relief kits available to anyone upon request, free of charge.

The list of pharmacies and the requirements needed to receive one of their kits can be found here.

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