The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) recently approved Narcan® nasal spray, generic naloxone, for over-the-counter (OTC) use. Naloxone is a medication that quickly reverses the effects of opioid overdose. Manufacturers will begin converting Narcan® from prescription to OTC, which may take several months. Narcan nasal spray is predicted to be available in various locations, including convenience stores, grocery stores, vending machines, and gas stations, by late summer 2023.
Naloxone saves thousands of lives each year due to opioid overdose. Naloxone can reverse the overdose effects of fentanyl, heroin, and prescription opioids. With fentanyl-related overdose deaths increasing due to contaminated recreational drugs, including cocaine, heroin, MDMA/ecstasy, and benzos, OTC naloxone will increase public access and help save lives.
Opioid overdose signs include limp limbs, vomiting, slowed or stopped breathing, and weak to no pulse. Using Narcan® is very easy – ensure the person is lying down with their head tilted back, insert the nozzle into one nostril, and press the plunger firmly. Call 911 after administering Narcan®.
While waiting for OTC naloxone to become widely available, naloxone can currently be obtained by anyone at most pharmacies without a prescription, thanks to a Colorado state-wide standing order. Go to your local Good Day Pharmacy and ask about naloxone today!