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Naloxone

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Find Naloxone

Naloxone is a medication that reverses overdoses from opioids such as heroin and prescription painkillers. New Yorkers can get this life-saving medication without prescription at certain community-based organizations and participating pharmacies including Duane Reade, Walgreens, Rite Aid and CVS.

Use the NYC Health Map to find a participating pharmacy near you, or download a list (PDF).

To access free naloxone, contact any of these community-based programs (PDF).

Naloxone is available to anyone who is at risk of opioid overdose — or knows someone who is. Opioids include prescription painkillers and heroin. Both can put people at risk of overdose. Learn more about how to prevent overdose.

As of December 2015, New Yorkers can access naloxone at participating pharmacies without a prescription. Find a participating pharmacy near you through our NYC Health Map or download a list of participating NYC pharmacies (PDF). You can also access naloxone, free of charge, through one of these community based programs.

Naloxone Quick Facts

  • Safe medication that reverses opioid overdose
  • Has no effects on alcohol or other drugs
  • Takes 2-5 minutes to start working
  • May require more than one dose
  • Stays in the system for 30-90 minutes
  • May cause withdrawal (e.g., chills, nausea, vomiting, agitation, muscle aches) until the naloxone wears off

How to use Naloxone

Naloxone can be given as a nasal spray or as an intramuscular injection. There are currently two products available for each method:

Make sure you know how to use your naloxone product so that you are prepared to respond during an overdose event. Watch Prevent an Overdose [Español] [Русский], a helpful video on how to administer intranasal and intramuscular naloxone.

IMPORTANT: Tell others where your naloxone is stored and how to use it.

Naloxone Campaign Resources

Each day, about 3 people die from a drug overdose. Stop Overdose, Carry Naloxone is the citywide campaign to raise awareness of these deaths and that New Yorkers can help save lives by carrying naloxone and having this life-saving medication in their homes.

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Save A Life, Carry Naloxone (PDF)
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