What is Naloxone
Each day in NYC, about 3 people die from a drug overdose. Naloxone is a medication that reverses overdoses from opioids such as heroin and prescription painkillers. Naloxone is available to anyone who is at risk of opioid overdose — or knows someone who is. It became legal to carry naloxone in New York State in 2006.
- Is a safe medication that reverses opioid overdose
- Has no effects on alcohol or other drugs
- Takes 2-5 minutes to start working
- May require more than one dose
- Stays in the system for 30-90 minutes
- May cause withdrawal (e.g., chills, nausea, vomiting, agitation, muscle aches) until the naloxone wears off
Where can I get Naloxone
New Yorkers can get this life-saving medication without prescription at certain community-based organizations (for free) and at participating pharmacies (with insurance or out-of-pocket) including Duane Reade, Walgreens, Rite Aid and CVS. It is recommended to contact the Pharmacy or Opioid Overdose Prevention Program ahead to confirm availability.
To access free naloxone, contact any of these Opioid Overdose Prevention Programs (OOPPs) (PDF).
How to use Naloxone
Naloxone can be given as a nasal spray or as an intramuscular injection. There are currently two products available for each method:
- Nasal Spray
Make sure you know how to use your naloxone product so that you are prepared to respond during an overdose event. Learn more about how to prevent overdose here or watch this helpful video on how to administer intranasal and intramuscular naloxone to Prevent an Overdose [Español] [Русский]. IMPORTANT: Tell others where your naloxone is stored and how to use it.
Click here to find out when the next Overdose Prevention and Reversal Training will be held.
This training will teach you how to recognize and reverse an opioid overdose. You will become a Certified Opioid Overdose Responder and receive an Overdose Rescue Kit with naloxone–a medication that reverses the effects of an opioid overdose and restores breathing. This training will be happening on a monthly basis and is open to anyone who wants to learn how to reverse an overdose; you do not need to be associated with an organization to attend.