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In the state of Florida, deaths related to opioid overdose increased from 23.7 per 100,000 Floridians in 2016 to 25.1 per 100,000 Floridians in 2017 (cit.) 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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in-person naloxone access

Naloxone is available in Florida pharmacies without a prescription. Naloxone is covered under Florida Medicaid and may require a co-pay for other insurance carriers. Call ahead to confirm availability of naloxone and possible co-pay. If you need free naloxone, use this locator to find distribution resources in your area.

 
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I s

ave Florida resource site

I Save Florida has information on where to find naloxone, drug treatment, and also has information for Florida based Pharmacists, Healthcare workers, and Medication Assisted Treatment professionals

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florida’s good samaritan law

Florida has a limited Good Samaritan Law. In the event of an overdose, a person who in good faith seeks medical attention and the person having medical attention sought on their behalf will be protected from prosecution or charge for possession of a controlled substance. The law does not protect against charges for drug paraphernalia, distribution, or any parole/probation violations.

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Florida hotlines

Various suicide and crisis hotline resources. Many hotlines have county-specific availability.

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Syringe exchange programs

In most areas of Florida you must have a prescription to purchase syringes at a pharmacy. Syringe Exchange Programs provide harm reduction and supportive services for people who use drugs. Read more about SEP expansion here.

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drug user organizing

The Urban Survivors Union is a national drug users union mobilizing against the war on drugs. Check out their wealth of resources including #reframetheblame a campaign against drug induced homicide laws.

Get Naloxone Mailed To You

If you need naloxone and cannot access it locally, you may place a request to get naloxone mailed to you.