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What is Naloxone?
Naloxone (NARCAN®, EVZIO®) is a prescription medication that safely and effectively reverses an opioid overdose.
Opioid is a class of drugs that includes heroin and prescription pain relievers like oxycodone (OxyContin®, Percocet®), hydrocodone (Vicodin®, Lortab®), oxymorphone (Opana®), hydromorphone (Dilaudid®), morphine (MS Contin®), fentanyl (Duragesic®) and methadone.
Naloxone does NOT:
- Cause Addictions
- “Enable” someone’s drug use or addiction
- Give the user a “high”
- Have much potential to cause harm when administered appropriately, even if the person is not actually experiencing an opioid overdose.
Doctors, paramedics, and other healthcare providers have used it for decades
How to Get Naloxone
Ask your doctor – Maryland law allows any healthcare provider who can prescribe drugs in Maryland (including physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, dentists and others) to prescribe naloxone to their patients. Your provider can prescribe you naloxone if you are personally at risk for opioid overdose OR if you are likely to witness an overdose and be in a position to respond. State law includes legal protections for you and your provider (see below).
Maryland Overdose Response Program –The Maryland Overdose Response Program (ORP) offers in-person, hands-on training and certification in recognizing and responding to opioid overdose with naloxone. Most ORP trainings are free to attend and also provide naloxone to trainees at no charge. Visit the ORP website or cont act the ORP for more information.
UPDATE: A statewide standing order is now in effect allowing pharmacists to dispense naloxone to ORP certificate holders without a prescription.
Pharmacies Carrying Naloxone by Jurisdiction (updated 4/5/2015) – The pharmacies on this list have been identified as currently stocking naloxone by the pharmacies’ corporate offices. DHMH does not independently verify naloxone availability generally or of specific naloxone products. Individuals should specifically ask to speak to a pharmacist about naloxone. This list is updated bi-annually.
The Naloxone training and certification program enables the certificate holder (age 18+) to access prescription Naloxone, as well as carry and administer the Naloxone. Click here for the full flyer.
Where and when can you be trained to administer Narcan? Click here for the training calendar.