Reverse Overdose to Prevent Death
Naloxone is a life-saving medication that can reverse an overdose from opioids, including heroin, fentanyl, and prescription opioid medications. Learn more about where to get naloxone and how to use it.
Expand access to and use of naloxone – a non-addictive, life-saving drug that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose when administered in time.
Access to naloxone can be expanded through:
- Standing orders at pharmacies
- Distribution through local, community-based organizations
- Access and use by law enforcement officials
- Training for basic emergency medical service staff on how to administer the drug
- CDC Vital Signs: Lifesaving Naloxone from Pharmacies
- CDC’s Evidence-based Strategies for Preventing Opioid Overdose
- NIDA: Opioid Overdose Reversal with Naloxone (Narcan, Evzio)external icon
- SAMHSA: Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkitexternal icon
- Time for Honest Discussions About Naloxoneexternal icon
- Naloxone Prescribing: 5 Things to Knowexternal icon
Good Samaritan Lawsexternal icon exist in many states. In the event of an overdose, these types of policies protect the victim and the person seeking medical help for the victim from drug possession charges.