What is Naloxone?

Frequently Asked Questions About Naloxone

What is Naloxone (NarcanTM)?

EMT worker stands in front of an ambulanceNaloxone (Narcan) is an opiate antidote.  When a person is overdosing on an opioid (e.g. heroin, fentanyl, prescription pain pills like morphine, codeine, oxycodone, methadone and Vicodin, etc.), breathing can slow down or stop and it can be very hard to wake them from this state.  Naloxone is a prescription medicine that blocks the effects of opioids and reverses an overdose; providing a window of opportunity to save a life.  If you suspect an opioid drug overdose, call 9-1-1, start rescue breathing, administer naloxone, and wait for emergency responders to arrive. A law passed in June 2015 protects anyone who calls for emergency help for an overdose from arrest or prosecution for drug possession.

How Do I Access Naloxone?

In June 2015, Governor Hassan signed (House Bills: 270 & 271) into law allowing family members and friends of those at risk for opioid overdose to carry Naloxone. With the passing of this law, there are now three ways to access Naloxone in your community:

#1 – Ask your doctor for a prescription and fill the prescription at your pharmacy. Be sure to check with your pharmacy on availability. Please note: Co-pays may apply depending on your health insurance plan.

#2 – Some pharmacies can dispense Naloxone without requiring a prescription from your doctor. Please call your pharmacy to inquire if a prescription is needed.

#3 – Find out where to get naloxone kits in your community (via the NH Alcohol and Drug Treatment Locator).

The 2015 Narcan Distribution Executive Summary

In June 2015 DHHS launched a survey of partners who received kits, designed to get feedback about distribution. Read the executive summary of the survey.