Naloxone Saves Lives
Naloxone, sometimes referred to by the brand name Narcan, is a medication administered to people who may be experiencing an opioid overdose. Suspected opiate overdose signs are severe breathing problems and unresponsiveness. Naloxone reverses the overdose by attaching to the opiate receptors in the brain. Learn more at https://www.narcan.com/#how-to-get-narcan.
All 50 states currently have access laws that allow the medication to be readily available. In Connecticut, authorized prescribers include physicians, surgeons, PAs, APRNs, dentists, podiatrists, and Pharmacists who have been certified. Many programs providing treatment for substance use also have mechanisms in place to provide education and access (through prescriptions or kits) to Naloxone.
How to administer Naloxone
Lay the person on their back to receive a dose of Naloxone
Remove Naloxone from the box. Peel back the tab with the circle to open the Naloxone
Hold the Naloxone with your thumb on the bottom of the red plunger and your first and middle fingers on either side of the nozzle
Tilt the person’s head back and provide support under the neck with your hand. Gently insert the tip of the nozzle into one nostril until your fingers on either side of the nozzle are against the bottom of the person’s nose.
Press the red plunger firmly to give the dose of Naloxone
Remove the Naloxone from their nose
What to do after Naloxone has been used
Get emergency medical help right away
Move the person on their side (recovery position) after giving Naloxone
Watch the person closely
If the person does not respond by waking up, to voice or touch, or breathing normally another dose may be given. Naloxone may be dosed every 2 to 3 minutes, if available
Repeat Steps 2 through 6 using a new Naloxone to give another dose in the other nostril
Put the used Naloxone back into its box
Throw away (dispose of) the used Naloxone in a place that is away from children
Where do I get Naloxone?
Primary care providers/family doctor can prescribe naloxone which can be filled at any CT pharmacy
Pharmacies offer Narcan without a prescription for a co-pay through your insurance
Looking to get a larger group trained in Narcan Administration?
We offer free classes on Opioid Overdose Awareness and Naloxone Administration. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a class today.