Naloxone is a medication that can save lives by temporarily reversing an opioid overdose, such as heroin or fentanyl. Naloxone is safe to use and only works if a person has opioids in their body. You are protected under the Good Samaritan Law and cannot be arrested if you use naloxone.
The #notscarytocarry campaign was created by a network of community organizations titled the Prescription Opioid Solutions (PRxOS) workgroups. The aim is to spread awareness of what naloxone is, why it’s important, and to break down the stigma surrounding naloxone. It’s not scary to carry, and it can save someone’s life.
Call 911 and give naloxone. If there is no reaction in 2 minutes, give a second naloxone dose.
Give rescue breathing and/or chest compressions. Follow 911 dispatcher instructions.
After naloxone, stay with the person until help arrives.
In Idaho, the Good Samaritan Law protects you from arrest for helping anyone you think is having an overdose, even if you’re carrying controlled substances or drug paraphernalia. You should call 9-1-1 immediately for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) if someone isn’t responding or you think an overdose has happened. Every second counts.
ALWAYS CALL 911 FIRST
USE NARCAN IF IT IS AVAILABLE. IT’S SAFE TO USE, EVEN IF IT ISN’T AN OVERDOSE.
OPIOID EDUCATION AND NALOXONE TRAINING
Opioid education and naloxone training is available from Panhandle Health District. The training is available for organizations, or any individuals in North Idaho. If you would like to schedule a training, please contact:
Most pharmacies in North Idaho have naloxone available, even it you don’t have a prescription. Most insurances will cover naloxone, including Medicare and Medicaid. The Naloxone Service Locator has all locations that currently carry naloxone.