Naloxone (Narcan) Clinics

Free Naloxone (Narcan)

No ID Required | No Proof of Insurance Necessary | No Cost

Thanks to a partnership with Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and California Department of Health Care Services, customers can pick up a free dose of naloxone (Narcan) at one of our clinics. Customers do not have to provide identification, proof of insurance, or payment. Our naloxone clinics are held on select dates at select locations. Please view our schedule to view our upcoming clinics. While onsite, customers will need to complete a brief video training on how to administer naloxone. Limit one per customer while supplies last.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is naloxone?

Naloxone is a life-saving medication used to reverse an opioid overdose, including heroin, fentanyl and prescription opioid medications. Naloxone can be quickly given through nasal spray (Narcan®) in the nose. Naloxone is safe and easy to use, works almost immediately, and is not addictive. Naloxone has very few negative effects, and has no effect if opioids are not in a person’s system.
(Source: CA Dept. of Public Health)

How does naloxone work?

It is an opioid antagonist. This means that it attaches to opioid receptors and reverses and blocks the effects of other opioids. Naloxone can quickly restore normal breathing to a person if their breathing has slowed or stopped because of an opioid overdose. But, naloxone has no effect on someone who does not have opioids in their system, and it is not a treatment for opioid use disorder.
(Source: National Institute on Drug Abuse, NIH)

Can anyone carry naloxone?

Yes, anyone can purchase and/or carry naloxone to help respond to an overdose. It is not just for people with an opioid or other substance use disorder. Having naloxone available allows bystanders to help save lives by preventing a fatal overdose.
(Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC)

Who should carry naloxone?

Family and friends: If you or someone you know is at increased risk for opioid overdose, especially those with opioid use disorder (OUD), you should carry naloxone and keep it at home.

People who are taking high-dose opioid medications (greater or equal to 50 morphine milligram equivalents per day) prescribed by a doctor, people who use opioids and benzodiazepines together, and people who use drugs, should all carry naloxone. Because you cannot use naloxone on yourself, let others know you have it in case you experience an opioid overdose.
(Source: CA Dept. of Public Health)

Why carry Naloxone?

Carrying naloxone provides an extra layer of protection for those at a higher risk for overdose. Although most professional first responders and emergency departments carry naloxone, they may not arrive in time to reverse an opioid overdose. Anyone can carry naloxone, give it to someone having an overdose, and potentially save a life. Bystanders such as friends, family, non-health care providers and persons who use drugs can reverse an opioid overdose with naloxone.
(Source: CA Dept. of Public Health)

Is naloxone easy to use?

Yes, naloxone is easy to use and medical training is not required. Check out CDC’s videos on how to use naloxone nasal spray.
(Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC)

How many doses of naloxone do I need to give if someone is overdosing?

Naloxone is a fast-acting drug that can reverse opioid overdose and restore normal breathing within 2-3 minutes.  Additional doses of naloxone may be needed for larger quantities of opioids or more potent opioids, like fentanyl. If the person who has overdosed does not respond within 2 to 3 minutes after administering a dose of naloxone, administer a second dose of naloxone. Keep giving additional doses (if available) until they’re alert or until emergency assistance arrives.

What to do if you think someone is overdosing:

  • Call 911 immediately. *
  • Administer naloxone, if available.
  • Try to keep the person awake and breathing.
  • Lay the person on their side to prevent choking.
  • Stay with the person until emergency assistance arrives.

*Most states have laws that may protect a person who is overdosing or the person who called for help from legal trouble.
(Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)

How long does naloxone stay in your system?

Naloxone nasal spray usually begins working within a few minutes and lasts from 60 to 120 minutes.
(Source: Narcan.com)

Does naloxone have side effects?

Naloxone can (but does not always) cause withdrawal symptoms or unpleasant physical reactions, in people who are physically dependent on opioids. Withdrawal symptoms may include fever, anxiety, irritability, rapid heart rate, sweating, nausea, vomiting, and tremors.
(Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC)

Is naloxone harmful?

Naloxone won’t harm someone if they’re overdosing on opioids or other drugs, so it’s always best to use it if you think someone is overdosing.
(Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC)

Is naloxone addictive?

No, naloxone is safe to use and is not addictive.
(Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC)

Can naloxone prevent an overdose?

No, naloxone cannot be taken prior to using drugs to prevent an overdose.
(Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC)

Are there age restrictions for naloxone?

California has no statute requiring minors to obtain parental or guardian consent prior to receiving naloxone. Additionally, Civil Code §1714.22 indicates that naloxone may be distributed to a family member, friend, or other person in a position to assist a person at risk of a suspected opioid-related overdose.
(Source: CA Dept Of Health Services)

Can I use naloxone on myself?

No, naloxone is administered to someone after an overdose has occurred. Because the individual who overdosed is likely unconscious and/or their movement and breathing are restricted, they would need assistance.
(Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC)

Can you reuse a single device of naloxone nasal spray?

No, you CANNOT reuse Naloxone Nasal Spray. Each device contains one dose of medication. The device is intended to be sprayed once, in a nostril, and then discarded. Do not test before use.
(Source: Narcan.com)

How do you store and dispose of naloxone?


  • Follow manufacturer instructions for storing naloxone. Storage instructions may be different. Keep naloxone in its box until ready for use.
  • Protect from light.
  • Store at room temperature below 77°F (25°C).
  • Do not freeze or expose to heat above 104°F (40°C).
  • Store in a safe location.


  • Unused naloxone: Dispose of unused naloxone at a local pharmacy or through a medicine take-back program. Talk to your pharmacist or contact your local garbage/recycling department to learn about take-back programs in your community.
  • Used naloxone: Put the used naloxone nasal spray back into its box. Dispose of
    it in solid waste trash.

(Source: CA Dept. of Public Health)

What is the expiration date for naloxone?

Narcan®​ nasal spray shelf-life extension: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved an extended shelf-life for the nasal spray formulation of naloxone (Narcan®​ [PDF]) from two years (24 months) to three years (36 months).​​
(Source: Narcan.com)

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