A Life Saving Tool
In San Benito County, Naloxone is available at every pharmacy without a prescription and is recommended to have if someone in the household is prescribed or using opioids as an extra safety precaution.
Naloxone or commonly known as Narcan is a medication designed to rapidly reverse opioid overdose. It binds to opioid receptors in the brain and can reverse and block the effects of other opioids that are causing a person to overdose. It is meant to very quickly restore normal breathing to a person whose breathing has slowed or stopped as a result of overdosing from opioids. Even if Narcan is administered and reverses the opioid overdose medical attention must be sought and 911 should be called immediately Narcan only lasts for 30-45 minutes and the overdose can occur again.
There are three ways that Naloxone can be administered, autoinjector, intramuscular injection, and nasal spray. The nasal spray option, Narcan, can be acquired from any California pharmacy without a prescription and is covered by most insurances. It is the most easily administer-able version and has been proven effective.