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Click the arrows below to find out more information about naloxone.

What is it?

Naloxone is a life-saving medication that works to reverse an opioid overdose. It can quickly restore normal breathing while having little to no effects on an individual if opioids are not present in their system.

Who should get naloxone (Narcan)?

  • Anyone! Everyone!
  • People at highest risk of opioid overdose are individuals using opioids (oxycodone, oxycontin, heroin, fentanyl) and individuals using other drugs that have been laced or contaminated with opioids.  If you are using a drug that did not come from the pharmacy, there is a risk of fentanyl (a powerful opioid) contamination. 
  • Even if you are not using substances yourself, having naloxone with you where others use substances (which honestly can be anywhere) could save someone’s life.

How do I get naloxone (Narcan)?

Naloxone/narcan is an over the counter medication which means that it can be purchased from stores without a prescription. Naloxone may also be available for emergencies in dedicated emergency kits. 

    • HCC - you can schedule an appointment for a brief training and get naloxone at the clinic. We are currently able to offer naloxone for FREE (while our supplies last). You can make this appointment by calling the front desk or scheduling through the health portal. 
    • Over the counter (OTC) - many retail pharmacies such as Walgreens, RiteAid, and CVS have naloxone available in store or can be ordered online and shipped directly to you. 
    • Prescription - directly from a pharmacist or from a medical provider. While you are no longer required to have a prescription to get naloxone, some people may choose to have it prescribed via their medical provider or a pharmacist. This can make the naloxone cheaper because you are using your insurance to help pay for the cost (coverage varies from insurance to insurance so this may make it cheaper - or not!). 
    • Emergency kits - located on campus and reserved for emergency use

How do you use naloxone?

Who can administer?

  • Anyone!

Oregon’s Good Samaritan Overdose Law: If someone is overdosing and you call for medical help, you cannot be arrested or prosecuted for:

  • Possessing drugs or drug paraphernalia
  • Being in a place where drugs are used
  • Violating probation or parole because of drug use or possession
  • Outstanding warrant because of drug use or possession

Important Phone Numbers

Emergency Numbers (available all hours)

Community Safety: 503-786-6666

Reed Counseling Hotline: 866-432-1224

Mental Health Crisis Text Line: 741741

After Hours Medical Advice: 800-214-7281

Oregon Poison Control: 800-222-1222

Multnomah County Crisis Line: 503-988-4888

Reed College Health and Counseling Center (available M-F 9-5)

May call to make an appointment to get a prescription for naloxone, to talk to a provider about substance use, or schedule with a counselor. Reed HCC: 503-777-7281.

Substance Use Hotlines

  • SAMHSA’s National Helpline: 1-800-662-4357 (all hours)
    • Support for referrals to local treatment options
  • Fireside Project: 623-743-7433 (daily from 11 am - 11 pm PT)
    • Peer support line for emotional support during and after a psychedelic experience
  • Alcohol and Drug Helpline: 800-923-4357 (all hours)
    • For information, support, or access to resources and treatment for alcohol or drug use for yourself or others.

How To Respond to an Opiate Overdose

For information about recognizing and responding to an opiate overdose, check out the DOPE Project video below.