Naloxone (NARCAN®, EVZIO®) is a prescription medication
that safely and effectively reverses an opioid overdose.
Opioid is a class of drugs that includes heroin and prescription
pain relievers like oxycodone (OxyContin®,
Percocet®), hydrocodone (Vicodin®, Lortab®), oxymorphone (Opana®),
hydromorphone (Dilaudid®), morphine (MS Contin®), fentanyl
(Duragesic®) and methadone.
Doctors, paramedics, and other healthcare providers have used it for decades.
Now many more people in
Maryland can get access to naloxone to save a life.
How to Get Naloxone
1. Ask your doctor – Maryland law allows any healthcare provider who can prescribe
drugs in Maryland (including physicians, physician assistants,advance practice nurses, dentists and others) to prescribe naloxone to their patients.
Your provider can prescribe you naloxone if you are personally at risk for
opioid overdose OR if you are likely to witness an
overdose and be in a position to respond. State law includes legal protections
for you and your provider (see below).
2. Maryland Overdose Response Program –The Maryland Overdose Response Program (ORP) offers in-person, hands-on training and certification in
recognizing and responding to opioid overdose with naloxone. Most ORP trainings are free to attend and also provide naloxone to trainees at
no charge. Visit the ORP website or contact the ORP for more information.
Pharmacies Stocking Naloxone (updated
12/19/2016) – The pharmacies on this list
have been identified as currently stocking naloxone by the pharmacies’
corporate offices. Those who have been trained under the Overdose Response
Program may present their certificate at a participating pharmacy to get
naloxone without a prescription under the statewide standing order. Individuals
should ask to speak to a pharmacist about naloxone. This list is updated
Naloxone can be injected into a muscle (intramuscular) or vein
(intravenous) or sprayed into the nose (intranasal). Naloxone is often
provided as part of a “rescue kit” that also includes:
There are 4 types of naloxone products
1. For intranasal administration: 2mg/2mL single-dose Luer-Jet prefilled syringe. Include one luer-lock mucosal atomization device (MAD 300) per dose dispensed.
Directions for use: Spray 1 mL in each nostril. Repeat after 3 minutes if no or minimal response.
intranasal administration: 4 mg dose
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