Whether you are at home, or away from home, opioid overdoses are emergencies. You only have minutes to act. Experiencing one can be scary, especially if it’s someone you love who might die.
If you have naloxone and know how to use it, you have the power to step in. You can act to reverse the overdose and give paramedics or responders the chance to act.
You can save a life.
Someone’s lips and face have turned blue, their pupils might be dilated. They don’t respond when you shake them or call their name. They’ve stop breathing.
You’re very afraid and trying not to panic. You know they might be dying from an opioid overdose.
In any medical emergency, or if there’s any doubt about what’s happening, you should call 911 immediately. But you can do more if you have naloxone.
Follow these steps to learn how you can use naloxone. You also can watch the brief nasal Narcan training video below, developed by the manufacturers.
An app named OpiRescue has information about recognizing an overdose and using naloxone. It will even walk you through how to administer naloxone.
You can download OpiRescue from Apple’s App Store or Google Play. The app was developed by a private startup using a grant from the state of Colorado. Learn more about OpiRescue on its homepage.
Here are some of the most frequently asked questions related to administering Naloxone. For additional support, please visit our FAQ page.