What is naloxone?
Naloxone (Narcan, Evzio) temporarily stops an opioid overdose by blocking its effects on the brain.
Naloxone does NOT work for overdoses involving alcohol or non-opioid drugs such as stimulants or benzodiazepines.
Naloxone is safe to use and unlikely to cause harmful effects even if given to someone who is not overdosing on opioids.
Why do I need it?
Anybody taking an opioid has a potential risk of overdosing.
An overdose can occur even with proper use.
Opioids can slow or stop breathing, leading to loss of consciousness or death.
Signs of an Opioid Overdose:
What are the types of naloxone?
How to stay safe on opioid medications:
Do not start any new medications without talking to your doctor, nurse practitioner, or pharmacist first. Take your medications exactly as prescribed. If you have questions, ask your prescriber or pharmacist.
Who is eligible for a Naloxone kit?
• Anyone who is currently using opioids
• Anyone who is a past opioid user who is at
risk of returning to opioid use
• Anyone who is a family member, friend or
other person in a position to assist a person at
risk of overdose from opioids.