DanversCARES and Danvers Public Health are proud to announce a FREE community Narcan distribution program. If someone you know is struggling with opiate addiction, carrying Narcan and knowing how to administer it during an overdose could save their life.
What is Narcan?
Narcan (generic name is “naloxone”) is a life saving antidote to an opioid overdose. Narcan is safe to handle and non-toxic. It’s only use is to reverse an opioid overdose and will not affect someone who is not overdosing. Narcan is safe for everyday carrying in a purse, glove compartment, etc.
Can’t I get Narcan at the pharmacy?
Yes! Narcan can be purchased at your local pharmacy without a prescription, but can be costly even with health insurance. In order to reduce barriers to access, DanversCARES has funded the purchase of Narcan for Danvers residents.
Is this program only open to people who are addicted to opiates?
This program is open to all Danvers residents 18 years and older. We encourage loved ones of people facing opiate addiction to carry Narcan and be trained on it’s use. You may also consider carrying Narcan if you interact with people who may be active opiate users. No matter who you are though, if you carry Narcan and run into someone who is overdosing, this will help you give them the best chance of surviving the ordeal.
What do I have to do to get the Narcan and be trained on how to use it?
Call Danvers Public Health Nurse Judith Ryan at 978-762-0208 or email at [email protected] for more info and/or to set up an appointment to be trained on how to identify and respond to an opioid overdose and receive Narcan and other overdose related resources.