What is Naloxone?
Naloxone is a safe and effective medication that can reverse an overdose from prescription painkillers or heroin, available over the counter without a prescription. It is not just for people who are addicted. If you or a loved one are prescribed powerful narcotic painkillers, you should have naloxone on hand. For more information, see this NARCAN FAQ.
Signs of an Overdose
How to Respond to an Overdose
Where to Find Narcan
To obtain Narcan, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Safe reporting of overdoses: (summary, for full law click here) No individual shall be prosecuted for the unlawful purchase, possession, or consumption of alcohol, possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, intoxication in public, or possession of controlled paraphernalia if:
1. Such individual
, (i) in good faith, seeks or obtains emergency medical attention (a) for himself, if he is experiencing an overdose, or (b) for another individual, if such other individual is experiencing an overdose, or
2. Such individual remains at the scene of the overdose or at any alternative location to which he or the person requiring emergency medical attention has been transported until a law-enforcement officer responds to the report of an overdose. If no law-enforcement officer is present at the scene of the overdose or at the alternative location, then such individual shall cooperate with law enforcement as otherwise set forth herein;
3. Such individual identifies himself to the law-enforcement officer who responds to the report of the overdose; and
4. The evidence for the prosecution of an offense enumerated in this subsection was obtained as a result of the individual seeking or obtaining emergency medical attention.
Good Samaritan Law: The law states that individuals who in good faith prescribes, dispenses, or administers naloxone or other opioid antagonist used for overdose reversal in an emergency to an individual who is believed to be experiencing or about to experience a life-threatening opiate overdose shall not be liable for any civil damages for ordinary negligence in acts or omissions resulting from the rendering of such treatment if acting in accordance with the provisions of subsection X or Y of § 54.1-3408 or in his role as a member of an emergency medical services agency.