Overdose Prevention & Response

Overdose Statistics

According to state and local officials the rise in the death toll was driven largely by an increased use in fentanyl which accounts for approximately 70% of all overdose deaths in 2021. They also attribute the rise to the availability of potent inexpensive methamphetamine.

Overdose Risk Factors & Prevention

Risk Factors
Risk of Witnessing an Overdose

Signs & Symptoms of an Overdose

Responding to an Overdose

Assess the Signs

If the person is unconscious or appears to be asleep, try to wake them up. Say their name and/or something like, “I am going to call 911” or “I am going to give you Narcan.”

If the Person is Unresponsive
What is Naloxone?
Naloxone (Narcan®) is a prescription medication that can reverse an overdose that is caused by an opioid drug. When administered during an overdose, naloxone blocks the effects of opioids on the brain and restores breathing. It can be given as an injection into a muscle or as a nasal spray.

Naloxone has no potential for abuse. If it is given to a person who is not experiencing an opioid overdose, it is harmless. If naloxone is administered to a person who is experiencing an opioid overdose, it will produce withdrawal symptoms. Naloxone does not reverse overdoses that are caused by non-opioid drugs.

Naloxone should be stored at room temperature and away from light. The shelf life of naloxone is approximately two years.

Fast Facts About Naloxone