Targeted Narcan (Naloxone) distribution is an evidence-based intervention strategy to reduce opioid overdose deaths. Narcan is an opioid antagonist that can quickly and safely reverse the potentially fatal effects of an opioid overdose. Targeted distribution programs seek to train and equip individuals who are most likely to encounter or witness an overdose – especially people who use drugs and first responders – with Narcan kits, which they can use in an emergency to save a life. By equipping these individuals with Narcan and training them to identify and respond to an overdose, the potential delay between the onset of an opioid overdose and the delivery of life-saving care can be reduced from hours to seconds. This is especially true in rural areas, where residents may experience longer EMS response times. Ready access of Narcan among members of the lay community is key for saving lives.
Please contact us if you or your organization is interested in learning more about Narcan, including how to administer it in case of emergency, and ways to obtain it for those in need.