Naloxone (brand name Narcan) is the medication that can reverse an opioid overdose. Learn more about how naloxone might help you or someone you love, how you can begin carrying naloxone, and where you can find naloxone in your community.
DHW has relaunched the naloxone distribution program. To request free naloxone for your organization, please complete this request form:
Naloxone is a medication used to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose and prevent death. There are three FDA-approved formulations of naloxone:
- Injectable – Use of this product requires the user to be trained on proper assembly and administration.
- Autoinjectable – EVZIO® is a prefilled auto-injection device that makes it easy for families or emergency personnel to inject naloxone quickly into the outer thigh.
- Prepackaged Nasal Spray – NARCAN® Nasal Spray is a prefilled, needle-free device that requires no assembly and is sprayed into one nostril while patients lay on their back.
As of 2019, Idahoans may access naloxone at a pharmacy without a prescription. Call ahead to your local pharmacy to ensure availability of naloxone and to ask about your co-pay. If you have Medicaid, naloxone is free from the pharmacy. Community-based groups such as safer syringe programs, substance use disorder treatment, and recovery and crisis centers near you may also offer naloxone free to individuals in need, regardless of your insurance status. Find Naloxone near you.