Available as an injection or nasal spray, naloxone works by blocking or reversing the effects of opioids.
Given the rapid rise of opioid overdoses, many state governments have responded by allowing local pharmacies to dispense naloxone without a written prescription. This helps caregivers, concerned loved ones, first responders and patients get naloxone more easily.
We support the opportunity to provide naloxone to those who would benefit from having it on hand during an emergency.
As of July 2018, Naloxone can be purchased in a pharmacy without a prescription in all states except Nebraska.
If you would like to purchase naloxone, you can simply go to your nearest pharmacy and ask the pharmacist or another member of the pharmacy team. Most pharmacies have standing orders to ensure they always have naloxone in stock at all times.
TRRNF provides free opioid overdose rescue medication kits (Narcan Nasal Spray) to the community. We also provide free training on how to recognize the signs of an accidental opioid overdose and how to administer Narcan nasal spray to someone who has overdosed.
We have partnered with Atlantis Pharmacy to distribute these kits. See our event calendar for our regular monthly training session and register to attend an upcoming training session to receive your free narcan kit. Call our office if you have any questions about our Narcan Distribution Program, or send us a message and we will respond as soon as possible.
Put your naloxone rescue kit in an easily accessible place and tell your family and friends where it is, and make sure everyone knows how to use it. If you receive one of our free kits, we will provide you with training at that time.
During an overdose, opioids suppress the body's urge to breathe. If someone is not responsive and not breathing or appears to be struggling to breathe, quickly verify that the person is not able to respond by calling their name and rubbing your knuckles firmly in the middle of his or her chest. If there's still no response, he or she could be experiencing an overdose.
Signs of Overdose:
If any of these signs are present (not all will be present) proceed to step 2 immediately.
After identifying an overdose, get help immediately. Call 9-1-1. Let them know the person is unresponsive and not breathing or struggling to breathe and that you suspect an opioid overdose. Give a clear address and location.
Supporting the person's breathing is vital for their survival. Nasal naloxone will be able to enter the lungs and may not work if the person is not getting air into their lungs.
Rescue breathing consists of the following steps:
Key steps to administering naloxone nasal spray:
In most cases, the person will resume normal breathing within 3-5 minutes after naloxone. Until normal breathing resumes, rescue breathing should continue. It is essential to stay with the person until emergency services arrive to monitor them.
Make sure the person:
Sources:1. ADAPT Pharma, Inc. Narcan Product Website. https://www.narcan.com/ 2. SAMHSA Opioid Overdose TOOLKIT. https://store.samhsa.gov/shin/content/SMA13-4742/Overdose_Toolkit_2014_Jan.pdf