Naloxone (Narcan®) is an opioid antagonist—meaning that it binds to opioid receptors in the brain and can reverse or block the effects of other opioids. It can very quickly restore normal respiration to a person whose breathing has slowed or stopped because of an overdose.

Naloxone Training Resources from Oregon Health Authority

Opiate overdoses can happen in a wide variety of settings and circumstances, creating a need for training a variety of overdose responders. In recognition of this need, Oregon law authorizes a wide range of organizations to provide training on lifesaving treatments for opiate overdose, including public health authorities and organizations  that provide services to individuals who take opiates. (This training protocol was developed in response to Oregon Laws 2013, Chapter 340.)

Southern Oregon and Naloxone

Naloxone is now available for bystander use in Oregon. It has proven to be a very useful and completely safe public health measure to reduce deaths by opioid overdose. It can be given intramuscularly or intra-nasally. Those at risk are:

  • People using heroin or misusing other opioids
  • On high doses of opioid pills
  • Individuals mixing opioids with sedatives such as Xanax or Klonopin
  • People who have previously overdosed
  • People with underlying respiratory problems (sleep apnea and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)).
  • People whose tolerance is much lower because they didn’t use for a period of time, such as being in treatment or being in jail.

Many Oregon police officers are now carrying naloxone in their patrol cars and we expect that more will be trained in the future. Our hope is eventually to get naloxone into the hands of all responders.

All Oregon Health Plan members are eligible to get naloxone without a copay at a pharmacy.


Video by the New York City Department of Health

A community health worker demonstrates the proper use of naloxone (Narcan) to stop overdoses from heroin or other opioids. Also, hear from people whose lives were saved.