• Asha Clements
    Naloxone is an opioid antagonist that covers the receptors in the brain effected by opioid use, allowing the person that is experiencing an overdose to be brought out if it quickly -- saving their life. The Narcan blocks the receptors in the brain and keeps the person from feeling euphoric feelings associated with opioid abuse and restarting their breathing. Using Narcan will send the person experiencing an overdose into withdrawal. Narcan begins to work in the body immediately because it is absorbed through the mucous membrane in the nose and enters the bloodstream. Although it does not take long for the Narcan to start working there is no way to know how much Narcan you are going to need in order to revive someone. This is because there isn't necessarily a formula associated with Narcan administration, for example: person takes X amount of a substance they should be given X amount of Narcan. A good rule of thumb is ALWAYS CALL 911 and continue to administer Narcan until the person is revived, EMS has arrived and will take over, or you run out of Narcan. Be sure to wait about 2 minutes between each Narcan administration.


    Naloxone is best known by its brand name: Narcan, although, not all naloxone is Narcan. Naloxone is the active ingredient in Narcan and is also available in a syringe similar to an EpiPen called Evizo and there are other stronger doses of naloxone available on the market called Kloxxado. Hamilton County Public Health serves the public by providing Narcan 4mg Nasal Sprays free of charge for those interested in carrying some in case of an emergency. The manufacturer of Narcan has made it easy for any lay person to use Narcan in case of an emergency. Anyone can administer Narcan as long as they are properly trained. Continue to read for more information about training availability.

    A simple way to remember how to administer Narcan is: first, ALWAYS CALL 911, and the 3 P's. Peel, Place, Press. Peel back the blister pack, place the nozzle into the person's nostril, and press the plunger into their nose. You have administered your first dose. Wait about 2 minutes before administering another dose. You will continue to administer Narcan until the person is revived, EMS has arrived or you run out of Narcan.


    Hamilton County Public Health has an Overdose Rescue App available for download for Apple and Android devices. Learn more about Narcan administration, call 911 from the app, guidance through administering CPR and get access to our mail order Narcan. Search for "Hamilton County Overdose Rescue" in your phone's app store.


    Narcan administration training is free and available through Hamilton County Public Health. Please reach out to me, Asha Clements, at 513-309-1522 (call/text) or by email at . Also, text "NARCAN" TO 22999 for more information about how to get connected. Trainings can be done for an organization and/or individuals. In-person and virtual options are available. Administration training and education is available to anyone interested, there is no criteria to be trained if you are a Hamilton County resident. Click here for our mail order: Mail Order Link

    If you are outside of Hamilton County, there are wonderful resources available to you, free of cost. Please visit our partner organization, Project DAWN, through the Ohio Department of Health for local resources in your county: Ohio Narcan Sites
  • Hannah Schilling
    NEXT Distro's website has outlined Ohio based resources related to Harm Reduction. With tools such as a Naloxone Finder, Mail based Narcan and Fentanyl testing strips, Syringe Exchange sites, Harm Reduction Program Map, as well as information on the legalities and protections within the Good Samaritan Law.


    NEXT Distro also provides free Naloxone, anywhere in the US. You can go to their website and order it, get trained to use it, and they'll mail it to your door.

  • AmandaLynn Reese
    Harm Reduction Ohio distributes Naloxone to all 88 counties through several systems. The two largest of these systems is our Free Online Mail Order Program and our Lay Distribution Program.

    Our online system is free, discreet, fast and confidential. https://www.harmreductionohio.org/get-naloxone/ You can order direct here

    Who should order at this site?

    Anyone who may be in a position to reverse an overdose. (EVERYONE) This includes family members, friends, co-workers, neighbor and service providers in contact with people who use drugs. People who use drugs other than cannabis should definitely carry naloxone. More than 1,000 Ohio residents died of meth-related overdoses in 2020 — and 80% of those fatalities involved fentanyl. The numbers are similar for cocaine.

    Our Lay Distribution Program supplies volunteers with bulk orders of naloxone, we train them to be administer and facilitate trainings for the distribution of naloxone. We have other resources for Lay Distributors as well. If you would like to become a distributor for us please contact

    Other questions? Email
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