Narcan (generic, Naloxone nasal spray) is a medicine that rapidly reverses an opioid overdose. It is an opioid antagonist. This means that it attaches to opioid receptors and reverses and blocks the effects of other opioids. Narcan can quickly restore normal breathing to a person if their breathing has slowed or stopped because of an opioid overdose. But, naloxone has no effect on someone who does not have opioids in their system, and it is not a treatment for opioid use disorder. Examples of opioids include heroin, fentanyl, oxycodone (OxyContin®), hydrocodone (Vicodin®), codeine, and morphine.
It is important that all students and community members carry Narcan. Even if you do not use opioids, or have knowledge of anyone using opioids around you, the continued rise in overdose rates necessitate more civilians carry Narcan in order to prevent overdoses across the nation in the future.
The Jefferson County Department of Health provides free virtual Narcan training and kits to anyone who wishes to carry this life saving drug. To receive training and obtain two free doses of Narcan, please visit the: JCDH Website.