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What is naloxone?

Naloxone (also known as Narcan®) is a medication called an “opioid antagonist” used to counter the effects of opioid overdose, for example morphine and heroin overdose. Naloxone has the ability to knock opioids off the opioid receptors in the brain which allows it to restore normal breathing to a person whose breathing has slowed or stopped as a result of overdosing from opioids.

Naloxone is an extremely safe medication that only has a noticeable reversal of effect in people with opioids in their system. The medication has no effect if opioids are absent. It is safe to administer to anyone with a suspected overdose.

Please remember to call 9-1-1 immediately after use to ensure proper medical treatment. The effects of naloxone can wear off and the person can return to an overdose state. 

Who should carry naloxone?

Naloxone can be administered by minimally trained community members, which makes it ideal for reversing an overdose.


You may consider carrying naloxone if:

  • You, a friend, or family member have a prescription for opioid pain medication.

  • You, a friend, or family member misuse opioid pain medications, or use opioid pain medications that are not prescribed to you/them.

  • You, a friend, or family member have a history of using any type of substances.

How do I get free naloxone?

FREE Nasal Narcan (naloxone) is available to anyone in Ohio who is, or knows someone who is at risk of overdose. To order naloxone by mail, to pick up, or to record receiving your kit at an event, please complete the following steps:

Step 1: Watch a quick training video on how to safely use Narcan, which will begin playing once you click "get started" below.

Step 2: Complete a brief survey which collects data that allows us to continue to receive the kits for no cost to you. 

Step 3: Enter an address where we can mail your free Nasal Narcan (or let us know if you want to pick it up/received at an event). 

Your free Nasal Narcan kit will be mailed to the address you provide within 3 business days. The kit will arrive in discrete packaging, so no one will be able to tell what is inside. 

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