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Naloxone Overview

Naloxone, also known as (Narcan) is a life-saving medication that can reverse an overdose of opioids, including heroin, fentanyl, and prescription opioid medications when given in time. Naloxone is easy to use and small to carry. There are two forms of naloxone that anyone can use without medical training or authorization: prefilled nasal spray and injectable.

Nasal Spray

Prefilled devices that spray medication into the nose.

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Injectable

Medication (solution) is given by injection into a muscle or under the skin.

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Here are a few more things to know about naloxone

  • Naloxone quickly reverses an overdose by blocking the effects of opioids.

  • It can restore normal breathing within 2 to 3 minutes in a person whose breath has slowed, or even stopped, as a result of opioid overdose.

  • It only works on opioids; it does not affect someone who has not taken opioids.

  • It cannot be used to get high and is not addictive.

When should you administer naloxone?

  • If you suspect someone is experiencing a drug overdose, call 911 right away and administer naloxone. 

Here are some things to look for

  • Extremely slow breathing.

  • Confusion or difficulty being awakened.

  • Blue lips or skin.

  • Very small pupils.

Good Samaritan Overdose Law

  • In WA State, anyone trying to help in a medical emergency is generally protected from civil liabilities by RCW 4.24.300. WA State’s 911 Good Samaritan Overdose Law RCW 69.50.315 gives additional, specific protections against drug possession charges.

  • Anyone in WA State who might have or witness an opioid overdose is allowed to carry and administer naloxone. (RCW 69.41.095).

How to Administer Naloxone Nasal Spray

Naloxone Resources 

Naloxone Instructions

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Fentapill Fact Sheet

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Responding to Scenes with Suspected Fentanyl 

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Naloxone is available for free to community members at the following locations:

Naloxone saves lives. It's a crucial tool in reversing opioid overdoses, and its availability can make a significant difference in emergency situations.

Opportunities Industrialization Center (OIC)

717 Fruitvale Blvd, Yakima, WA 98902

Safe Yakima Valley

10 N 9th St, Yakima, WA 98901 

White Swan Community Coalition

520 Signal Peak Rd, White Swan, WA 98952 

Yakamart

111 Fort Road, Toppenish, WA 98948

Naloxone Kits & Training Request

Fill out the form if you are requesting kits or training for a community event. 

 

We will contact you to confirm if we can provide the kits and trainer requests. 

Naloxone training is required for distribution. Do you have a trainer for your event?

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