What is Naloxone?
Naloxone is a medication that works almost immediately to
reverse an opioid overdose. It has few known adverse effects,
no potential for abuse, and can be given quickly with nasal
spray or by injecting it into a muscle.
Who can give Naloxone?
While most professional first responders and emergency departments are equipped with naloxone, they
may not arrive in time to revive overdose victims. Trained and prepared bystanders such as friends, family
and other non-health care providers (lay people), including people who use drugs, can also help reverse an
opioid overdose. Naloxone is covered by Medi-Cal, Medicare, and many other health plans. Talk with your
doctor or pharmacist about a prescription for naloxone. Naloxone is also available from
Syringe Services Programs in California (PDF) without a prescription.