What is Narcan?
Narcan is a brand name of naloxone, an opioid antagonist. Further, Narcan is a non-narcotic lifesaving prescription drug that reverses fatal opioid overdose by blocking opioid receptor sites in the brain. Common opioids include fentanyl, heroin, morphine, codeine and oxycodone. Naloxone can be given by intranasal spray, intramuscular injection, or auto-injector. Narcan Nasal Spray is available at the Student Health and Counseling Services (SHCS) Pharmacy.
Who should consider obtaining Narcan?
If you or a loved one has an opioid prescription, or is struggling with opioid/opiate use, you can consider stopping by the SHCS Pharmacy to speak with someone about Narcan. Narcan can be used by the opioid user, or administered by a friend/family member who is concerned about a loved one. A friend/family member who is close to someone struggling with opioid use may choose to keep Narcan on hand for situations in which they discover their loved one experiencing an overdose.
What is the procedure to obtain Narcan at UC Davis?
- Health Education and Promotion free Narcan Program
- SHCS Pharmacy – please stop by and talk to our pharmacists as needed, students do not need to go through the consultation process if they only wish to ask questions.
- Nalaxone Factsheet (PDF)
- How to use Narcan Nasal Spray
- Is my friend overdosing?
- California State Board of Pharmacy NaloxoneNews Release (PDF)
- California AB 1535
- Harm Reduction Services, Sacramento