What is Naloxone?

Naloxone is an opioid antagonist medication designed to rapidly reverse an opioid overdose. It’s able to bind to opioid receptors and can reverse/block the effects of other opioids and quickly restore normal respiration to a person whose breathing has slowed or stopped as a result of accidental overdosing from heroin, fentanyl, or prescription opioid pain medications. Narcan is the most common brand name Naloxone that is available for the public and through our coalition.

Where Can I Get Naloxone?

Naloxone is available now over the counter at pharmacies including Rite Aid, CVS, Walgreens, and even Amazon. If you order through any of them, the cost on average is around $57 USD.

If you’re looking for free Naloxone and you live in the greater Sacramento region, we can help! Our coalition offers FREE intranasal Narcan for amounts under 150 for pickup at our office. We also give away Narcan kits at tabling and other community events of any quantity. Please contact us at [email protected] if you’re interested in having us give away Narcan or if you’d like to pick up some at our office.

Are you an organization looking for large quantities of Naloxone? Whether you’re a school, community organization, tribal entity, hospital, or something else, you can apply for larger amounts of Naloxone through the Naloxone Distribution Project. The Naloxone Distribution Project (NDP), created by the California Department of Health Care Services, helps organizations get the Narcan they need to combat opioid overdoses throughout California. Click the link below to see if you’re qualified to place an order for Narcan.

The NDP just started offering fentanyl test strips as well. The application is the same. Email us at [email protected] if you need assistance with the application process or understanding any part of the project.

Are you located in a rural area or far from the Sacramento County in California and are looking for Naloxone to get delivered to you? SANE, with help from NEXT Distro, offer free delivery of Naloxone upon request. You can learn more and fill out the application at the link below with SANE.

Naloxone Training

Learn about the different options for Opioid Overdose Response and Naloxone Training in the greater Sacramento region or remote. Sessions provided by the Sacramento County Opioid Coalition usually last between 45 minutes to an hour.

On Site

Our coalition offers free, on site naloxone trainings anywhere in the greater Sacramento region. Book a training with us here.


We offer customized training sessions and webinars for those who work remote. Book a training with us here.

Open Training Sessions

National Harm Reduction Coalition offers frequent and open trainings for service providers and community members. Check them out here.

Familiar with Using Narcan?

Have you or someone you know used Narcan and was able to reverse an opioid overdose, or keep them in stable condition until emergency services arrived? We want to hear your story! Fill out the survey to let us know, or email us at [email protected].

Naloxone is Essential to Our Mission:
This video reviews when naloxone is used, how it is administered, and the way it works.

Resources & Access


Substance Use Prevention Communications Toolkit

Access to a Wide Variety of Fentanyl Awareness Campaigns and Education Programs: Safe Schools_March2023_Fentanyl

Opioid-Related Overdose Policy Guidelines and Training in the School Setting, Updated January 2022: OpioidRelatedOverdoseTraininginSchools_ADA_1_13_2022(MMH).docx 

State Law Document: Schools permission to carry and administer Narcan: California is on pages 24-28 (you will find the specific language for schools on pages 25, 27 and 28.) This document is supported by the Office of National Drug Control Policy, Executive Office of the President: Naloxone-Summary-of-State-Laws-9.25.2020

Song for Charlie’s Middle School & High School Fake Pill Awareness Toolkit

Foundation for a Drug Free World Provides Free Information to Schools and Organizations with focus on Illegal Drug & Alcohol Abuse – (

Click here for a printable Narcan Flyer 

Intramuscular Naloxone


Naloxone has been available in injection form for over 40 years.

The injectable formulation can be given into a vein (intravenously), into the muscle (intramuscularly), or under the skin (subcutaneously). When first approved, naloxone treatments required administration via a syringe and needle and were most commonly used by trained medical personnel and emergency responders.

This medicine should be given immediately upon when a suspected or known overdose of an opioid has occurred. This will help prevent serious breathing problems that can lead to death. This type of administration is known to work quicker than the Narcan nasal spray, be prepared for a prompt reaction from the victim. 

Please see the instructions for step-by-step administration.

Further Trainings

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