How to get Naloxone (NARCAN)


Naloxone is administered when someone is showing signs of opioid overdose. The medication can be given by intranasal spray and by intramuscular injection. Like Epi-Pens or a first-aid kit component, having Naloxone readily available can be very helpful in a crisis. Naloxone is not a toxic drug and cannot be used to get high. Rescuing with Naloxone will not cause overdose, so when in doubt, use it.

Naloxone can very quickly restore normal respiration to a person whose breathing has slowed or stopped as a result of abusing heroin or prescription opioids, or accidentally ingesting too much pain medication. If we can act early when a person shows signs of an overdose, we can work quickly to help save a life.

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NARCAN® (naloxone HCl) Nasal Spray is the first and only FDA-approved nasal form of naloxone for the emergency treatment of a known or suspected opioid overdose.

NARCAN® Nasal Spray counteracts the life-threatening effects of an opioid overdose. Since most accidental overdoses occur in a home setting, it was developed for first responders, as well as family, friends, and caregivers—with no medical training required

  • Designed to be easy to use without medical training*
  • Available from your pharmacist, without a prescription from your doctor
  • Covered by most major insurance plans

*Administer in accordance with the Instructions for Use. Repeated doses may be necessary.

Get NARCAN® Nasal Spray so you can help reverse an opioid overdose.
Click here to learn how to get NARCAN®.

NARCAN® Nasal Spray is not a substitute for emergency medical care. Always get help immediately, even if the person wakes up, because he/she may relapse into respiratory depression. The use of NARCAN® may result in symptoms of acute opioid withdrawal. Results may vary.

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Naloxone, also known as Narcan, is an opioid overdose reversal medication. It is available without a prescription and may be offered in nasal spray, injectable and auto-injectable forms. Friends, families and those at risk of opioid overdose should consider keeping naloxone on hand. Check with your health care provider or pharmacy information and availability.

 Adapted from Ventura County Behavioral Health /


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