|What is naloxone?
Naloxone is a
medication that can reverse opioid overdose. It is an opioid antagonist, meaning that it binds to opioid receptors to reverse and block the
effects of other opioids. It can restore normal respiration in a situation where a person's breathing has slowed or stopped as a result of
overdosing with heroin, fentanyl, or prescription opioid medications.
Where can I learn how to use naloxone?
Websites such as
[harmreduction.org] and [prescribetoprevent.org] provide guidelines for naloxone administration. Additionally, in-person naloxone
trainings might be available in your area through community centers or hospitals.
What is the Good Samaritan law?
The Good Samaritan law
provides legal protection for those assisting someone who is injured or in danger. This law protects a “Good Samaritan” from
liability if unintended consequences result from their assistance and extends to naloxone administration–this means that if you
administer naloxone and something happens to the recipient in the process, you are protected by law from any consequences.
Where can I get naloxone?
There are several options for
acquiring naloxone in the state of Connecticut. It can be obtained through a prescription, from a local or state health department or
harm reduction organization, or from any pharmacy with a standing order. The interactive map below shows all pharmacies
throughout the state where naloxone can be acquired.