Narcan (Naloxone)


Naloxone is a prescription medication that temporarily reverses an opioid overdose. Naloxone, also known as Narcan, can be easily given by a bystander who suspects an opioid overdose.

Naloxone is available as:

  • Narcan Nasal Spray
  • Narcan Injectable
  • Evzio auto injector

In North Dakota you do not need to see a doctor to get a prescription for naloxone. Narcan is available for free at Grafton Drug and  Thrifty White Pharmacy in Grafton, and Ye Olde Medicine Center in Park River.

Risk Factors for an Opioid Overdose
  • Previous overdose
  • Period of abstinence or illness (following rehab, jail, or hospitalization)
  • Mixing opioids with other substances (benzos, sedatives, alcohol)
  • Using alone
  • Use by injection
  • Change in strength, amount, supplier, or location of use
Signs of an Opioid Overdose 
  • Unresponsive to voice or touch
  • Shallow, slow, or no breathing
  • Small or pinpoint pupils
  • Blue or gray lips or nails
  • Gurgling or snoring and can’t be aroused
  • Check for breathing and signs of opioid overdose
  • Lay the person on the back, give Narcan Nasal spray (Peel back the package, remove the device and spray directly into one nostril)
  • Call 911
  • Provide rescue breathing (1 breath every 6 seconds)
  • Repeat Narcan Nasal spray every 2-3 minutes if no response
  • Stay with the person until help arrives.
  • Place the person on their side if vomiting