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Naloxone (aka Narcan)

Opioid overdose can be reduced through the use of naloxone (commercially known as Narcan® or Evzio®), an effective, quick acting, non-addictive prescription medication that can reverse overdose through an intramuscular injection, IV fluid, or a nasal spray (CDC, 2014). Naloxone blocks the effects of opioids in the brain and restores breathing to the person experiencing the overdose. Naloxone has no potential for abuse and laypersons can easily be trained to use it to reverse overdose.

Naloxone cannot be abused, so it has no street value. [1]

Resources + Toolkits

  1. Lazarus Toolkit - This North Carolina Lazarus Toolkit report is filled with information and is a toolkit for having a standing order for Naloxone. (Much additional information could be added to the more information page.
  2. Project DAWN (Deaths Avoided with Naloxone) - Offers a free Toolkit coalitions can use to start their own program and a Community Response Template for rapid increases in overdoses.
  3. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) provides a free Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit
  4. Bureau of Justice Assistance National Training and Technical Assistance Center has a free Naloxone Toolkit

Discounted Access to Narcan Nasal

Seamus Mulligan, founder of Adapt Pharma, announced two programs to make Narcan Nasal affordable to communities.

Public Interest Pricing Press Release

Free Narcan Nasal for Schools Press Release (only 9 states allow schools to care Narcan for students as of Jan 2016)


  1. ^ Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation. Heroin and Prescription Painkillers: A Toolkit for Community Action. 2016.