Naloxone: The Lifesaving Opioid Overdose Reversal Medication
Training: How to Avoid an Overdose
Entrenamiento: Cómo Evitar una Sobredosis
What is Naloxone?
- Naloxone (brand name Narcan) is an FDA-approved medication that is used to reverse the effects of overdoses from opioids such as heroin, fentanyl, oxycodone, and morphine.
- Medication can be administered in two methods: through injections (like a shot) or via nasal spray
- For more information about substance abuse and local treatment options, please visit the RxSafe Substance Use Treatment brochure
Signs of an Opioid Overdose
- Shallow and slow or absent breathing
- Limp body &/or unresponsiveness with an inability to be roused and/or inability to speak
- Slow heartbeat or low blood pressure
- Vomiting or making of gurgling noise
- Cold and Clammy skin
- Bluish color to lips, nails, and fingertips
- Tiny/pinpoint pupils
If you see these signs of an opioid overdose, immediately call 911, administer CPR if needed, and administer a dosage of Naloxone if available.
Resources on Understanding the Signs of an Opioid Overdose:
Urgent Need or Urgent Request for Naloxone Kits
- Here at RxSafe Marin, we want to make sure we support our community providers in keeping our community safe from opioid overdoses. If you are a provider and have an urgent need for naloxone, please call Marin County Health and Human Services at 415-473-4197 and we will work with you to find the best way we can support you.
If you are a provider within the community who is looking to supply your organization with your own stores of Naloxone, RxSafe has some resources for you!
- Learn how to apply for your own Naloxone supply through the Naloxone Distribution Project (NDP):
- The Naloxone Distribution Project is funded through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and administered by the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) and is a grant application that community organizations and providers can apply to obtain free naloxone kits for their organizations in order to help fight the opioid crisis in California.
- To learn more about the NDP grant and application, take a look at the FAQs provided by the DHCS: https://www.dhcs.ca.gov/Documents/Naloxone-Distribution-Project-FAQ-020120.pdf
- To apply for the NDP grant, please visit here: https://www.dhcs.ca.gov/individuals/Pages/Naloxone_Distribution_Project.aspx
- If you have any questions about how to apply or any other questions about the Naloxone Distribution Project, please contact the Marin County Health and Human Services at 415-473-4197
If you are a pharmacist or provider looking for more information about Narcan, please visit the Narcan website at: https://www.narcan.com/
For Community Members
Here at RxSafe Marin, we want to support our community members as California faces the ongoing crisis of opioid addiction. We are therefore, working to provide community based naloxone training events for community members to learn about the opioid epidemic in Marin County and train in how to recognize an opioid overdose and how to properly administer Naloxone in the event of an opioid overdose.
If you would like to participate in a community-based naloxone training event or if you are a part of a community organization that would like to host a community naloxone training event, please contact Marin County Health and Human Services at (415) 473-4197.
Where Can I Obtain Naloxone?
For local organizations that have naloxone, please contact the following organizations. Please note, naloxone supplies may be limited at these organizations:
Free Local Narcan Vending Machines:
- Marin HHS Social Services Courtyard-
120 North Redwood, San Rafael
- Marin County Jail Lobby- 13 Peter Behr Drive, San Rafael
Free Narcan/Naloxone Distribution
- The Spahr Center: 415-886-8556
- RxSafe Marin/Marin HHS
(Questions, training, and get connected to a Narcan kit)
Where Can I GET TREATMENT?
View our Narcan pocket card with information on how to access and use it here.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIH) as well as the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration both have web pages dedicated to answering your frequently asked questions about Naloxone.
Click this link to visit SAMSHA:
- SAMHSA: https://www.samhsa.gov/medication-assisted-treatment/treatment/naloxone
Click this link to visit the NIH: