Opioid Overdose and
Opioid overdose, whether intentional or accidental, is a major problem in our communities. The opioids most commonly associated with overdosing are Heroin, Hydrocodone (aka Vicodin, Lortab), Oxycodone (aka Percocet, OxyContin), Morphine, Codeine, Fentanyl, Dilaudid, Demerol, and Methadone. People who overdose on these drugs become unresponsive, have their lips and fingernails turn blue or gray, and get pale or clammy skin. Recognizing these symptoms and administering Naloxone – aka Narcan – to revive someone whose overdosed is an uncomplicated process that can very well save that person’s life. And Naloxone (Narcan) is an emergency medicine that can stop an opioid overdose.
Of the 4 common Naloxone products available, the Nasal Spray is the easiest to administer as it requires no assembly and is most readily available to the general public. For information about overdose trainings and administering Naloxone, please visit www.health.ny.gov/overdose.
Access the Naloxone – Copayment Assistance Program (N-CAP)
Do you have prescription coverage as part of your health insurance plan? If you do, you can use N-CAP to cover up to $40 in prescription co-payments so there are no or lower out-of-pocket expenses when getting naloxone at a participating pharmacy. Many New York State pharmacies provide naloxone through a “standing order” which means you can get the medication at various pharmacies without a prescription from your doctor.
Resources for Identifying Naloxone-Dispensing Pharmacies include*…
To help identify naloxone-dispensing pharmacies click on one of the links below:
• CVS Pharmacy Store Locator
• King Kullen Pharmacy Store Locator
• Kinney Drugs Store Locator
• Price Chopper Store Locator
• Rite-Aid Pharmacy Store Locator
• Stop and Shop Store Locator
• Walgreens/Duane-Reade Pharmacy Store Locator
• Wegmans Store Locator
*NOTE! Listing of a pharmacy in this directory does not guarantee availability of naloxone. Not all pharmacies stock all formulations. Your health insurance may not cover the cost of naloxone. To find programs that conduct overdose trainings and can provide naloxone at no cost, visit: www.health.ny.gov/overdose\