What is Naloxone?

Naloxone, also known as Narcan, is a medication that is used to temporarily reverse overdoses with opiate drugs (morphine, heroin, etc). It has been used for over forty years by emergency medical services for overdose reversal.

Naloxone is not addictive, there is no potential for abuse. There are no side effects, and allergies are very rare.

Naloxone can be given as a nasal spray or an intramuscular injection.

Where to Get Naloxone

Points West participants can get Naloxone (intranasal spray or intramuscular injection version) at the clinic location. No appointment is needed to receive either version of the overdose reversal medication. Friends and family of people who inject are also welcome to come to Points West to get Naloxone. After a brief discussion of how to recognize and respond to a suspected overdose, Points West staff will provide a kit that contains two doses of Naloxone for participants to take home. There is no cost to program participants for Naloxone.

In addition to Points West, there are many other places to get Naloxone in Colorado. Other syringe exchange programs and some pharmacies will also dispense Naloxone when requested. In Colorado, there are standing orders at select pharmacies so a person may come to the pharmacy and go home with Naloxone without needing a prescription from their healthcare provider. Most insurance plans, including Medicaid, cover both forms of the drug. The prices of Naloxone may vary between pharmacies. It is best to call ahead and ask about prices if you do not have health insurance.

For the most up to date list and locations of pharmacies and agencies that dispense Naloxone, please visit this website: