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Naloxone FAQ

Where can I learn how to administer naloxone to someone suspected of an overdose?
​Contact us to schedule a training or check the events calendar for dates and times of our free trainings.​
What is naloxone?
Naloxone is a prescription drug that can reverse the effects of prescription opioid and heroin overdose. It can be helpful in preventing overdose deaths if administered in time.​​​
How is Narcan different from Naloxone?
Narcan® and Naloxone are chemically identical, however Narcan is the brand name form of Naloxone.​​
How do I administer Naloxone?
You can administer Naloxone nasally or by injection into a muscle or below the skin of a person suspected of an overdose.​
How does Naloxone work?
Naloxone blocks opioids in the brain from binding to the receptors, alleviating some of the sedating effects of opioids. ​​
What are some of the signs/symptoms of an opioid overdose?
Common symptoms are: unresponsiveness, clammy skin, discolored lips, slow or shallow breathing.​
What is the cost?
​The out of pocket cost for naloxone nasal spray ranges between $70 and $150 for a two dose unit, depending on the formulation.​
How is naloxone generally dispensed?
​A pharmacist is allowed to dispense either two prefilled syringes in a kit for nasal use; a twin pack that contains two intramuscular naloxone auto-injectors, or a twin pack that contains two naloxone nasal sprays.​
Do any health insurance plans help with the cost? If I don’t have a doctor’s order, will my insurance cover the cost of it?
Health insurance drugs plans can vary greatly and many do pay some portion of the cost. Please consult with your health insurance to determine if they will cover naloxone.​​
What kind of counseling is required by the pharmacists?
​The pharmacist is required to provide counseling which covers prevention, recognition, response, and administration of naloxone.​
What if I use it on someone not experiencing an opioid overdose?
 It is not harmful to the person. Narcan simply has no effect if the person has no opioids in their system. More information can be found at​
Last updated: 11/20/2018 2:33 PM