What is Naloxone and how 

is it used?

Naloxone is a medical drug used to quickly reverse opioid overdose.

Naloxone reverses and blocks the effects of opioids in the body, and allows for normal breathing to resume in people who have overdosed. When used properly, Naloxone can save the life of a person that has overdosed on opioid drugs. 

There are three forms of Naloxone:

Injectable: given by medical professionals and specially trained personell


Nasal SprayNARCAN® 

For more information on how and when to use Naloxone: Tennessee Department of Health Naloxone training Information

The Surgeon General's Advisory on Naloxone and Opioid Overdose

"I, Surgeon General of the United States Public Health Service, VADM Jerome Adams, am emphasizing the importance of the overdose-reversing drug naloxone. For patients currently taking high doses of opioids as prescribed for pain, individuals misusing prescription opioids, individuals using illicit opioids such as heroin or fentanyl, health care practitioners, family and friends of people who have an opioid use disorder, and community members who come into contact with people at risk for opioid overdose, knowing how to use naloxone and keeping it within reach can save a life."