Recognize and temporarily reverse an opioid overdose. Naloxone can temporarily reverse an opioid (e.g. fentanyl) overdose. Learn how to recognize an overdose and use naloxone to reverse it. When you order your naloxone kit, you will be trained by a pharmacist on how to use it.
This page is not for emergencies. If you are with someone who has overdosed, call 911 immediately. Don’t let legal fears stop you – you have some protection.
What naloxone does
Naloxone (pronounced na-LOX-own, also known by the brand name Narcan) is a drug that can temporarily reverse an opioid overdose. Opioids are drugs that are usually used to treat pain, but some people use opioids to get high. Some commonly used opioids include:
When someone overdoses on opioids, their breathing either slows or stops completely. If used right away, naloxone can help them breathe normally and regain consciousness. Naloxone can either be injected or given as a nasal spray.
Who is eligible for a free naloxone kit
You are eligible for a free kit if you are:
- at risk of an opioid overdose
- a family member, friend or other person able to help someone at risk of an opioid overdose
- a client of a needle syringe/exchange program or hepatitis C program
- newly released from a correctional facility
How to recognize an opioid overdose
- can’t stay awake, walk or talk
- are breathing slowly or not at all
- have a limp body
Other signs of overdose include:
- not responding to noise or knuckles being rubbed hard on their breastbone
- snoring or gurgling sounds
- pale or blue skin – especially on their nail beds and lips – and they feel cold
- tiny pupils (pinpoint) or their eyes are rolled back
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