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In 2017, there were 1,953 opioid overdose deaths in the state of North Carolina (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.


naloxone saves

Naloxone Saves is a comprehensive resource site for overdose prevention and naloxone access in North Carolina. The site includes information about naloxone access through pharmacies, health departments, and syringe exchange programs.


Pharmacy based access

Use this locator to find a pharmacy in your area that provides naloxone distribution. Each location includes the name of the pharmacy, location, and a phone number. Call ahead with your insurance details to assess information about your co-pay.

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have naloxone mailed to you

If you are a person who uses drugs, have been recently released from jail or prison, or if you are a friend, family member, or partner of of someone who may be at high-risk for an opioid overdose, you can have naloxone mailed to you at no cost.

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online naloxone pharmacy

Naloxone Exchange by Script Health is an online naloxone-specific pharmacy operating in the state of North Carolina. Naloxone Exchange provides intramuscular, intranasal, and auto-injector formulations of naloxone.


north carolina harm reduction coalition

North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition (NCHRC) is NC’s most comprehensive harm reduction agency. Their website includes extensive resources, education, and advocacy opportunities.


North carolina’s good samaritan law

The 911 Good Samaritan laws state that individuals who experience a drug overdose or persons who witness an overdose and seek help for the victim can no longer be prosecuted for possession of small amounts of drugs, paraphernalia, or underage drinking.


harm reduction programs

North Carolina has an extensive harm reduction program network. Many groups provide mobile and delivery services within their county or multiple counties. Contact the program closest to you for more information. Syringes are also available in many pharmacies throughout the state.


Drug user health resources

The North Carolina Drug User Health Resource Guide is full of region-specific resources and support options including but not limited to syringe access, drug treatment, testing and health services, and social services.


crisis resources

Anyone may request crisis or emergency services in North Carolina for mental health, substance abuse, intellectual and developmental disabilities issues.


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.


more powerful

More Powerful was created by the North Carolina Department of Justice and the Department of Health and Human Services to raise awareness of the scope and danger of the opioid crisis. The site provides comprehensive treatment, support, naloxone, and harm reduction resources.

Get Naloxone Mailed To You

If you need naloxone and cannot access it locally, you may qualify to have intramuscular naloxone mailed to you.