Naloxone and Overdose Prevention FAQs
Where can I get naloxone in the state of North Carolina?
Naloxone is available under the statewide standing order through participating pharmacies. It is up to each individual pharmacy to decide whether to dispense naloxone under the statewide standing order or under a separate standing order. You can contact your local pharmacy to determine whether it is currently dispensing naloxone under a standing order.
As the North Carolina Division of Public Health learns of pharmacy locations that intend to dispense naloxone under the statewide standing order or another standing order, it will add these pharmacies to this website.
If you are not able to obtain naloxone through a standing order at a pharmacy, you have other options to obtain naloxone. You may seek a prescription for naloxone from a health care provider. You may also get naloxone at some local health departments or from the NC Harm Reduction Coalition.
Examples of Opioids:
- Morphine(MS Contin®)
- Hydrocodone (Vicodin®, Norco®) Hydromorphone (Dilaudid®)
- Oxycodone(Percocet®, OxyContin®)
- Oxymorphone (Opana®)
- Fentanyl (Duragesic®)
- Mixing opioids with certain other medicines, illegal drugs, or with alcohol
- Taking opioids after a period of not being on them (recent release from prison/jail, discharge from an opioid “detox” program)
- Taking an opioid called methadone
- Taking high doses of opioids
- Previous opioid overdose
- Having kidney, liver, or breathing problems
- Slow or shallow breathing
- Blue or gray lips and fingernails
- Pale and/or moist skin
- Unable to wake up or respond
Step 1. Call 911.
Step 2. Follow the 911 dispatcher’s instructions or perform rescue breathing if comfortable doing so.
Step 3. Give naloxone.
Step 4. Give a second dose of naloxone in 2 to 5 minutes if there is no response to the first dose.
The key components of rescue breathing include the following:
Step 1. Make sure nothing is in the individual’s mouth.
Step 2. Tilt the head back, lift chin, and pinch nose shut.
Step 3. Give one slow breath every 5 seconds; chest should rise.
- How to administer intramuscular naloxone
- How to administer intranasal naloxone
- How to administer intramuscular naloxone (en Español)
- How to administer intranasal naloxone (en Español)