Naloxone

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What is naloxone?

Naloxone (also known as Narcan) is a safe and life-saving medication designed to reverse an opioid overdose. Opioids cause death by slowing your breathing to the point it stops. Naloxone can quickly reverse this effect and helps the person to breathe again. Responding quickly is critical to preventing brain injury and death. Delays of only a few minutes may mean the difference between life and death. Naloxone is available as both a nasal spray and an injectable.

Where can I get naloxone in Washtenaw County?

  • All major pharmacy chains
    Cost: No prior prescription needed, but cost depends on insurance. Call before going in.
  • UNIFIED - HIV Health and Beyond 
    734-572-9355
    2287 Ellsworth Rd, Suite B
    Ypsilanti, MI 48197
    Cost: FREE
  • COMING SOON: Washtenaw County Health Department

How do I use naloxone?

Access a free community layperson training on how to use naloxone from local www.overdoseACTION.org.

Who should carry naloxone?

  • Anyone at risk of an opioid overdose. This includes anyone who:
    • Has a prior history of overdose 
    • Is on chronic daily opioids
    • Has a history of opioid use disorder
    • Is taking sedatives with opioids
    • Recently experienced a change in tolerance due to period of abstinence or recent discharge from jail/prison/detoxification facility.
  • Anyone who knows someone who is at risk for an opioid overdose.