Fast Facts about Naloxone - End Overdose Colorado

Naloxone (also called Narcan) is an important tool in fighting the overdose crisis. Check out these fast facts about the life-saving medicine that stops an overdose.

  • In almost 40% of overdose deaths, someone else was there. Naloxone allows bystanders to become lifesavers.
  • Naloxone is not just for overdose by illicit opioid use or abuse. It can help prevent accidental overdose in people prescribed opioids by their doctors to manage pain.
  • Also known as Narcan, Naloxone is safe and approved by the FDA.
  • Naloxone is available without a prescription in more than 500 pharmacies in Colorado, through a standing order. Find Naloxone here.
  • Naloxone is affordable. It may be covered by your insurance, offered at a reduced price through a discount program — or even for free.
  • Naloxone comes in two forms: a nasal spray or an auto-injector
  • Medical training is not required to use Naloxone, but it’s essential to know how to use it. This free app provides step-by-step instructions.
  • The effects of Naloxone are temporary, buying precious time for the person overdosing to receive medical attention.
  • Colorado Good Samaritan laws protect individuals who intervene in an overdose and administer Naloxone.

Naloxone Resources

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