What is Narcan?
If given in time, Narcan® (also known as Naloxone) can save the life of someone who is overdosing from opioids. It can stop an overdose and restore normal breathing until emergency response can arrive.
During times of individual and collective stress, there is a potential for increased opioid use as a way to self-medicate. Opioids, used in tandem with alcohol or other “downers” (such as Valium, Xanax, Ativan, and sleep medications) are particularly dangerous, and Narcan can save lives while help is on the way.
This medication is not just for people with an opioid dependence or addiction. If you or a loved one are prescribed opioid painkillers, or are taking opioids, you should have Narcan on hand. The Virginia Board of Medicine requires that physicians prescribe Narcan if opioid prescriptions exceed 120 MME per day.
What are fentanyl test strips?
Fentanyl test strips detect the presence of fentanyl, a synthetic opioid 100 times more potent than morphine, in unregulated injectable drugs, powders and pills. Research by the Washington State Department of Health reveals that individuals using fentanyl test strips take steps to reduce their risk of overdose. Learn more about fentanyl.
Narcan is available for free from the Alexandria Health Department by calling 703.746.4888 or emailing email@example.com.
You can also request fentanyl test strips and Narcan to be mailed to you by emailing your name and mailing address to firstname.lastname@example.org. There is no cost for the strips, Narcan or mailing.
For More Information
For questions or more information, contact:
Emily Bentley, LPC, CAADC
City of Alexandria Opioid Response Coordinator
Office Phone: 703.746.3326
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