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Naloxone Rescue for Opioid Overdose

Surgeon General’s Advisory on Naloxone and Opioid Overdose

Naloxone Can Save a Life

FAQs  Pharmacies Distributing Naloxone  Toolkit for Pharmacists

naloxone vials

Naloxone, also called Narcan, can very quickly restore normal breathing for a person whose breathing has slowed down or stopped because of an overdose of prescription opioids or heroin.

Naloxone only works for opioid drugs, including heroin, morphine, oxycodone (e.g. OxyContin, Percocet), oxymorphone (e.g. Opana), methadone, hydrocodone (e.g. Vicodin), codeine and fentanyl.


Oregon law allows lay people to carry and use naloxone on others

You can be prepared to save the life of someone in need. Ask your healthcare provider or a pharmacist about naloxone if you believe you or someone you know may be at risk of an overdose.


Frequently Asked Questions

Read our FAQs to learn about naloxone training, how to get naloxone and more.

If your question is not answered here, please contact lisa.m.shields@state.or.us. For additional naloxone information, visit the Oregon Pain Guidance naloxone web page.

 Download all FAQs for printing (pdf) - updated October 16, 2017

 Naloxone Training Protocol

 Opioid Overdose Toolkit from SAMHSA

Call 911 for drug overdose

It's very important that you call 911 any time someone has a drug overdose.

If you use naloxone, the effects are temporary and the person still needs medical attention. After the medication wears off, the person could fall back into a coma.

If you call police or 911 to get help for someone having a drug overdose, Oregon law protects you from being arrested or prosecuted for drug-related charges or parole/probation violations based on information provided to emergency responders.

 Read the Good Samaritan Law (pdf)


Oregon Pharmacies Distributing Naloxone

 View Listing of Oregon Pharmacies that Distribute Naloxone (pdf)

If you would like to add a pharmacy to the list and map, please contact Savanna Santarpio at savanna.santarpio@state.or.us.


Toolkit for Pharmaciststoolkit

Posters, bag stuffers and information sheets for pharmacists can be downloaded and printed from the list of resources below. (Click the plus sign to view the list).

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