top of page
  • Writer's pictureDr. Steven Horwitz

NARCAN - Be the 1 Before 911

Updated: Feb 22

"NARCAN® is a potentially lifesaving medication designed to help reverse the effects of an opioid overdose in minutes. Since most opioid overdoses occur in the home and are most often witnessed, having a NARCAN® rescue kit nearby can make all the difference.

If someone you know takes opioids or prescription opioids, such as oxycodone or hydrocodone for pain, be prepared for a possible life-threatening opioid overdose emergency." From Opioid Overdose Treatment - NARCAN® (naloxone HCl) Nasal Spray

Narcan in Texas. Texas — NEXT Distro

Instructions for Use: NARCAN_USPI_Aug2020_A1135.pdf

"Step 1. Lay the person on their back to receive a dose of NARCAN Nasal Spray.

Step 2. Remove NARCAN Nasal Spray from the box. Peel back the tab with the circle to open the NARCAN Nasal Spray.

Step 3. Hold the NARCAN Nasal Spray with your thumb on the bottom of the red plunger and your first and middle fingers on either side of the nozzle.

Step 4. Tilt the person’s head back and provide support under the neck with your hand. Gently insert the tip of the nozzle into one nostril until your fingers on either side of the nozzle are against the bottom of the person’s nose.

Step 5. Press the red plunger firmly to give the dose of NARCAN Nasal Spray.

Step 6. Remove the NARCAN Nasal Spray from the nostril after giving the dose.

Step 7. Get emergency medical help right away.

  • Move the person on their side (recovery position) after giving NARCAN Nasal Spray.

  • Watch the person closely.

  • If the person does not respond by waking up, to voice or touch, or breathing normally another dose may be given. NARCAN Nasal Spray may be dosed every 2 to 3 minutes, if available.

  • Repeat Steps 2 through 6 using a new NARCAN Nasal Spray to give another dose in the other nostril. If additional NARCAN Nasal Sprays are available, Steps 2 through 6 may be repeated every 2 to 3 minutes until the person responds or emergency medical help is received.

Step 8. Put the used NARCAN Nasal Spray back into its box.

Step 9. Throw away (dispose of) the used NARCAN Nasal Spray in a place that is away from children. "

Access to Naloxone Can Save a Life During an Opioid Overdose | FDA

Discuss Naloxone When Getting a Prescription for Opioids

  • “Naloxone should be available to anyone taking opioids and to anyone who may be around people who are taking opioids,” Sokolowska said. “This medicine is safe and very effective. It is also important to know that naloxone is not addictive.”

Naloxone Will Not Harm Someone Who Does Not Have Opioids in Their System

  • “Don’t hesitate to administer naloxone in an emergency even if you’re not sure if the person is experiencing an opioid overdose,” Sokolowska said. “Giving someone naloxone won’t hurt them, but it could help them and save their life.”

Recent Posts

See All

Texas Administrative Code §746.1315 "(a) Each caregiver and the child-care center director must have a current certificate of training with an expiration or renewal date in pediatric first aid with re

7320 Training in CPR and First Aid - From the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services Child Protective Services Handbook CPS October 2017 The FAD (Foster and Adoptive Home Development) work

bottom of page