Alliance for Substance Abuse Progress


Naloxone (brand names Narcan® and Evzio®) is used to reverse an opioid overdose. Naloxone can help to awaken an overdosing individual and restore breathing by reversing and blocking the effects of opioids. It comes in two different forms, a nasal spray or an injection device. Naloxone cannot be used to get high and is not addictive.


Naloxone typically acts within 2-5 minutes of administration, but multiple doses may be needed depending on the toxicity of the drug taken. It can be administered every 2-3 minutes. If you administer naloxone to someone experiencing an overdose, call 911 immediately for additional medical help.

The administration of naloxone WILL NOT harm someone who is experiencing a medical emergency unrelated to opioid overdose. When in doubt, use it.

Addiction should not be a death sentence. Naloxone can be the difference between life and death. Making naloxone available and providing education on how to intervene in case of an overdose saves lives.

The Columbus Police Department and Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Office are dedicated to doing everything in their power to preserve life, including using naloxone. If you believe someone you know is at risk for experiencing an opioid overdose, consider keeping naloxone on hand. Naloxone is available over the counter through a statewide standing order issued by the Indiana State Department of Health. Anyone can visit a pharmacy to purchase naloxone without a prescription.

Naloxone is also available at the ASAP Hub.

Last modified on Friday, 3 April 2020 10:43