Over the past few months, there has been an increase in fake fentanyl pills circulating throughout Arizona and surrounding states. Fentanyl, a synthetic opioid, can become addictive for individuals using or misusing the substance. To combat the potentially deadly effects of fentanyl and other opioids, Naloxone, also known as Narcan, can be administered to individuals experiencing an overdose. Keep reading as we answer Frequently Asked Questions about Narcan!
- What is Narcan (or Naloxone)?
- Narcan is a medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) designed to rapidly reverse opioid overdose.
- Is there a minimum age to carry Narcan?
- No! There is no minimum age to carry and use Narcan as it is available over the counter at most pharmacies, and can be found for free here!
- Why should I carry Narcan?
- Whether you know individuals with substance abuse disorder or not, having Narcan on hand can help save the life of a stranger!
- How do I properly use Narcan?
- Could talking about Narcan encourage other individuals to become active opioid users?
- No. Talking about Narcan and drug use is one of the most effective ways to destigmatize addiction and help individuals using drugs find help and support. If you or someone you know is struggling with substance abuse, call the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA) National Helpline at 1-800-662-4357.