Naloxone

What is Naloxone?

Naloxone (Narcan®) is a safe and legal drug that can reverse overdoses from heroin and prescription opioids. Naloxone is a medication that has the opposite effect of opioids in the brain and can be used to revive someone who has overdosed on opioids like heroin, oxycodone, or hydrocodone. In the past, Naloxone was mainly used in the hospital setting or by emergency medical personal. However, naloxone kits are now available for anyone to use for emergency treatment of overdoses at home.

A naloxone kit typically contains 2 doses of naloxone, directions for use, and either a needle or a nasal spray. In Utah, our laws allow friends and family of people at risk for an opioid overdose to get a naloxone kit without a prescription. Patients and family members can request naloxone kits from any provider, such as a doctor, nurse practitioner, physician’s assistant, or pharmacist.

To learn more about Naloxone and where to get it visit www.naloxone.utah.gov

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Free Training

Utah County offers a free, 75-minute class on overdose prevention and how to administer Naloxone. This page provides a brief summary and sample of what you will learn in that class.

If you are interested in attending a class or scheduling a class at your place of business for staff training, please contact Mekel Jones at MekelJ@utahcounty.gov



Introduction to Opioids

  • What an opioid is.
  • Common types of opioids.
  • How an overdose can occur.
  • Who is at risk of overdose.

How to Respond to an Overdose

  • Recognize the signs of an overdose.
  • React by calling 9-1-1 and trying to wake the person.
  • Reverse the overdose by administering Naloxone.
  • Respond by providing rescue breathing or CPR.
  • Refer them to EMS and treatment services, stay until help arrives.

Overdose Prevention Resources

  • Where to learn more.
  • Where and how to get a Naloxone kit.
  • Where to dispose of medications.
  • How to access substance use treatment.

If you are interested in attending a class or scheduling a class at your place of business for staff training, please contact Mekel Jones at MekelJ@utahcounty.gov