Naloxone (brand names Narcan, EVZIO) is a medication that can reverse an opioid overdose. When given during an overdose, naloxone blocks the effects of opioids on the brain and restores breathing within two to eight minutes.
Naloxone has been used safely for over 40 years.
Naloxone can be administered via a nasal spray, intramuscular (a shot in the muscle), or through an IV (an injection in the veins).
How to get naloxone
You can get naloxone at most pharmacies. Although naloxone may not be available for same-day pick up, it can often be ordered and available within a day or two.
Use Pennsylvania’s standing order (a prescription written for the general public) issued by the Pennsylvania Physician General. The standing order is kept on file at many pharmacies, or may be downloaded here.
Ask your doctor for a prescription.
Chester County residents can request naloxone at no charge from two of our community partners, Kacie’s Cause and PRO-ACT (while supplies last).
Kacie’s Cause: residents can submit a request on their website.
PRO-ACT: residents can submit a request by calling the PRO-ACT Malvern Office at 484-325-5990.