Be Prepared. Get Naloxone. Save a life.

When administered properly and at the right time, naloxone, also known as Narcan, is a lifesaving medication that works rapidly to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. Normal breathing may often be restored within just two to three minutes of administration.

Because opioid overdoses can happen anywhere and at any time, bystanders are often the first to discover someone who has overdosed. Therefore, carrying naloxone is crucial, as it may make the difference in saving a life. Oregon law allows lay people to carry and use naloxone on others. If you or someone you know is at an increased risk of opioid overdose, you should carry naloxone.

Elevated risk individuals who are in danger of an opioid overdose include:

  • Anyone who is taking a high-dose opioid medication prescribed by a doctor
  • People who use illicit opioids, like heroin or other fentanyl laced drugs

You can be prepared to act and reverse an overdose by getting trained to give naloxone. Naloxone is easy to use, light to carry, and available at most pharmacies in Oregon, no prescription is needed. 

Naloxone is easy and lightweight to carry, there are two forms that anyone can use without medical training or authorization.

If you want training or to find out how to get Naloxone please contact Douglas Public Health. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) about naloxone can be found here

Additional information about Naloxone 

  • Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) what is it, how does it work, how do I get some here
  • Life-saving Naloxone from Pharmacies resource here
  • Naloxone flyer/fact sheet for print and distribution here. 

How am I protected if I give Naloxone? 

The Oregon Good Samaritan Law is designed to protect you from being arrested or prosecuted for any drug-related charges or violations. The protections are based on information you report to emergency responders.  

It is vital that that 911 is called any time you witness a drug overdose. The effects of naloxone are short-term, and the person will still need medical treatment. Naloxone can only reverse the effects of an opioid overdose temporarily and it is possible for the person to fall back into an overdose.

You can read the Oregon Good Samaritan Law here