Naloxone, also commonly referred to by its brand name Narcan, is a medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to prevent overdose by opioids such as heroin, morphine, and oxycodone, by blocking opioid receptor sites and reversing the toxic effects of the overdose.
Naloxone/Narcan is a prescription medication, available in a few different ways in the State of Michigan.
Michigan passed a 2016 naloxone standing order law allowing participating pharmacies to dispense naloxone directly to customers without an individual prescription. There are 4 pharmacies in Barry County participating in the standing order:
Individuals can also talk to their health care providers about Naloxone to see if a prescription for Naloxone is right for them.
When medicine is no longer needed, it is important to dispose of expired, unwanted, or unused medicines from your home as quickly as possible to help reduce the chance that others may accidentally take or intentionally misuse the unneeded medicine.
The Barry County Substance Abuse Task Force, in partnership with Southwest Michigan Behavioral Health and COPE Network of Kalamazoo, offers free overdose prevention and response trainings. Upon completion of this training, participants receive a free naloxone kit. See below for any upcoming scheduled trainings and information on how to register.
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