Naloxone is a life-saving medication that can reverse an opioid overdose. Naloxone can ONLY reverse an overdose caused by opioids such as heroin, fentanyl, oxycodone and other opioid prescription medications. There are three different types of naloxone: injectable, auto injectable, and a nasal spray (Narcan®).
While naloxone can reverse an opioid overdose, further medical care is still necessary as naloxone works for only 30 to 90 minutes. Since many opioids can remain in the body longer than that and have varying potencies, additional doses of naloxone may be required. Call 911 immediately if you suspect an opioid overdose and monitor the person constantly until care arrives.
An opioid overdose is a serious, life-threatening emergency which requires immediate medical attention. Please call 911 immediately if you witness anyone exhibit any of the following symptoms:
If you or someone you know takes prescription opioids or shows signs of opioid addiction, it is important to have naloxone on hand in case of an emergency overdose. Click here to find a fixed Naloxone community distribution site near you!
Additionally, individuals are able to purchase naloxone from any Arizona-licensed pharmacy without a prescription.