What is Naloxone?

Naloxone is a life-saving medication that can stop an opioid overdose, including overdoses from heroin, fentanyl, and prescription opioids. Naloxone is safe and easy to use. It is most often given as a nasal spray.

Naloxone quickly stops 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 stopped because of opioid overdose. More than one dose of naloxone may need to be given when stronger opioids like fentanyl are involved.

Even after administering naloxone to someone overdosing, they will need medical help.

Source: CDC
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Be prepared

Learn about and carry naloxone.

Know the signs of overdose:

  • Difficult to wake up
  • Slowed breathing
  • Confusion
  • Blue or pale lips and fingernails

If you notice these signs, call 911 immediately and give naloxone.

Who should carry naloxone?

  • If you or someone you know is at increased risk for opioid overdose, especially those struggling with opioid use disorder (OUD), you should carry naloxone and keep it at home
  • People who are taking high-dose opioid medications (greater or equal to 50 morphine milligram equivalents per day) prescribed by a doctor
  • People who use opioids and benzodiazepines together
  • People who use illicit opioids like heroin should all carry naloxone

Carrying naloxone is no different than carrying an EpiPen® for someone with allergies. It simply provides an extra layer of protection for those at a higher risk for overdose.

Most states have laws that may protect a person who is overdosing or a person who calls for help.

Source: CDC
When in doubt, call 911 and use naloxone.
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Get Naloxone

Cottage Hospital – Santa Barbara, Goleta, and Santa Ynez Valley

Cottage Health hospitals provide 24-hour emergency care and Naloxone (NARCAN) distribution. NARCAN is available free of charge in the Emergency Departments at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital and Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital. Anyone who comes to the Emergency Department and requests NARCAN can receive it unconditionally and anonymously. Whether you use substances or love someone who does, you can get NARCAN at Cottage with no questions asked.

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Gauchos for Recovery/UCSB Student Health

Gauchos for Recovery provides Overdose Prevention Kits that include Naloxone (NARCAN) and Fentanyl test strips free of charge to UCSB students, staff, faculty, and Isla Vista residents. Kits are available to pick-up or delivery, no questions asked. No identifying information will be collected. Pick-up a kit for your-self, your friends/loved ones, or to have in case of an emergency. Training on how to use Naloxone is available for individuals or student groups.

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Lompoc Valley Medical Center Emergency Department

24-hour emergency care and Naloxone distribution. LVMC's Emergency Department is a distribution site for Naloxone. People at risk of an opioid-related overdose, or a person who is a family member, friend or anyone in a position to assist a person at risk, may go to LVMC's Emergency Department and request a free box of Naloxone. That person must be willing to learn the basic elements of overdose prevention and how to administer Naloxone nasally. Naloxone is distributed for Free.

(805) 737-3333

Marian Regional Medical Center Emergency Department

24-hour emergency care and Naloxone distribution. Anyone can walk into the Emergency Department to request and receive Naloxone over the counter for free. Recipients will receive education on the basic elements of overdose and how to administer Naloxone nasally.

(833) 390-1930

Pacific Pride Foundation

Regional Naloxone distribution. Please call (805) 963-3636 or email hello@pacificpridefoundation.org for current information regarding community Naloxone distribution times and locations.

(805) 963-3636

Santa Barbara County Department of Behavioral Wellness – Alcohol and Drug Programs

Community members may request Naloxone for personal use by completing the Naloxone Now SB request form, by calling (805) 681-5323 or by attending a Naloxone distribution event at YOR Place (dates and times for distribution events are posted on the YOR Place calendar on website). Requests through Naloxone Now SB or by telephone will be processed within two business days and mailed within 3-5 business days.

(805) 681-5323
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