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California ranks lower than many states for opioid-related overdose deaths. However, there were 2,194 identified overdose deaths in 2017 and preliminary data shows an increase to 2,311 deaths in 2018 (cit.) (cit.) California has a long history of supporting low barrier naloxone distribution but many regions still don’t have consistent access. If you are a person who uses drugs or if you are around people who use drugs, please consider learning how to respond to an opioid overdose and carrying naloxone (intranasal brand name: Narcan). Naloxone is a medication designed to reverse an opioid overdose. Opioids slow down the activity of the central nervous system. One effect of this is slowed or stopped breathing which could lead to death. Naloxone knocks the opioids out of the opioid receptors in the brain which allows the person who is experiencing an opioid overdose to begin breathing normally. We have a helpful FAQ and are constantly updating it with questions from our site visitors. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, let us know.
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If you need naloxone and cannot access it locally, you may place a request to get naloxone mailed to you.