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Order Your FREE Overdose Reversal Kit Here
Save a life by ordering your naloxone or Narcan medications that can reverse an overdose from opioids—including heroin, fentanyl, and prescription opioid medications—when given in time.1 Naloxone or Narcan is easy to use and small to carry. There are two forms of naloxone that anyone can use without medical training or authorization: prefilled nasal spray (Narcan) and injectable (naloxone). – CDC
“Naloxone, a drug that reverses overdoses, can save lives.”
Since it is not a controlled substance and has no potential for abuse, naloxone is available here at OAA and can be easily administered by anyone.
We have partnered with NEXT Distro to manage the ordering process. They are a national harm reduction agency that increases nationwide access to naloxone (Narcan). As a part of NEXT, Open Aid Alliance fills all naloxone requests from Montana. To make things clearer and easier for everyone, we are now only using NEXT’s request form (below). The only difference will be how the form looks, your naloxone requests will still be filled and shipped from OAA! If you have any further questions or concerns, please contact us at [email protected].
Read more about our Overdose Prevention and Response Training.
How to Order an Overdose Reversal Kit - A Step-by-Step Guide
Are you looking to order an overdose reversal kit? Follow these simple steps to get started:
Step 1: Choose which type of overdose reversal kit you want and which suits your needs best. A description of each type is below.
Step 2: Complete the training to ensure that you know how to use the kit properly. Our training is designed to be easy to follow and takes only a few minutes to complete.
Step 3: Take the quiz to test your knowledge of overdose prevention and response. Don’t worry if you don’t pass on your first attempt, you can retake the quiz as many times as needed.
Step 4: Once you’ve successfully completed the training and quiz, you’ll be directed to the order form. Fill in your details and your kit will be on its way to you in 5-7 business days.
Understanding the Differences: Intramuscular Naloxone vs. Intranasal Narcan for Opioid Overdose Treatment
Both intramuscular naloxone and intranasal Narcan are used to reverse the effects of opioid overdose, but they are administered differently. Both forms have the same ultimate goal: to rapidly restore normal respiration to a person whose breathing has slowed or stopped as a result of overdosing with heroin or prescription opioid pain medications. Here are the main differences:
- Intramuscular naloxone is usually given as an injection into a muscle.
- To administer, you must inject the medication into the muscle of the thigh, through clothing if necessary. If the patient doesn’t respond or goes back into overdose, additional doses can be given every 2-3 minutes.
- One of the benefits of intramuscular naloxone is that it can be administered very quickly, and it’s rapidly absorbed into the bloodstream. However, it does require a level of comfort with administering an injection.
- Narcan is a brand name for naloxone that is administered as a nasal spray.
- It is sprayed into one nostril while the patient is lying on their back.
- It’s simple to use, even for people with no medical training. You just place the nozzle in a nostril and press the plunger; there’s no need for assembly.
- Like intramuscular naloxone, if the patient doesn’t respond or goes back into overdose, additional doses can be given every 2-3 minutes.
- One of the benefits of intranasal Narcan is that it doesn’t require an injection, which makes it less intimidating for some people to use. However, absorption into the bloodstream can be a bit slower than with an injection.
In both cases, medical help should be sought immediately, even if the person wakes up, because the naloxone can wear off and they can go back into overdose, particularly if they’ve taken a long-acting opioid.