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 (for free) and at pharmacies that have agreed to participate in our voluntary standing order program (with insurance or out-of-pocket) 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). This listing is updated monthly. Ask to speak to the pharmacist about getting naloxone/Narcan® and please note, the pharmacy may need to order the medication.
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.
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.
Each day in NYC, about 3 people die from a drug overdose. "I saved my..." (PDF) [Le Salvé la vida a mi...] is the citywide campaign to show New Yorkers that they can help save lives by learning about overdose prevention, and by carrying and using naloxone.
New York City also has a mobile app, Stop OD NYC, which shows you how to recognize and prevent opioid overdoses, and where to find naloxone near you.