Naloxone is a medicine that is designed to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose rapidly. It binds to opioid receptors in the body—the same parts of the nervous system that opioid drugs target. When this happens, it can reverse and block the effects of other opioids. It can restore normal respiration very quickly to a person whose breathing has slowed or stopped as a result of overdosing with heroin or prescription opioid pain medications.
The Department of Human Services’ opioid strategy is focused on saving lives and connecting individuals with addiction to treatment. The department has made naloxone (Narcan ®) available for free to every police department in the State and all public libraries.  


These instructions, created by the manufacturer of Narcan ®, are for those who want to assist others experiencing an opioid overdose by providing emergency assistance to them and by giving them intranasal naloxone (Narcan ®), the overdose antidote. After viewing the instructions and video, individuals may ask their physicians/advance practice nurses or pharmacist about obtaining naloxone (Narcan ®) (they can also be referred to this website for information about prescribing the drug and the intranasal applicator).

How to Use Narcan Nasal Spray

Standing Orders: Naloxone

Many pharmacies will dispense naloxone without an individualized prescriptions, using a “standing order” from a physician or the Department of Health.
You can obtain naloxone from your local pharmacy for yourself or a family member, friend or care giver.

List of pharmacies with standing orders to dispense naloxone