Naloxone (or Narcan®) is an antidote for opioids (including codeine, demerol, hydromorphe, heroin, oxycodone, fentanyl, methadone) that can be used to temporarily reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. This medication is available in both injectable and nasal spray formats.

An overdose in a medical emergency. Always call 911 even if naloxone has been administered. Naloxone will only work for about 30 minutes.

Resources about the signs of an overdose and naloxone can help you learn more. View the ‘5 Things You Should Know About Naloxone' video.

Where Can I get Naloxone? 

Someone who is experiencing an overdose cannot help themselves. If you, or someone you care about uses substances and/or opioids, get a naloxone kit.

Injectable and nasal spray naloxone is available free at select pharmacies. Check the Naloxone Kit Finder to search for pharmacies in your area.

Naloxone is also available for free at participating agencies in Waterloo Region.

 

Waterloo

  • Region of Waterloo Public Health and Emergency Services, 2nd Floor, 99 Regina St. South, Waterloo, 519-575-4400 | Wed, Thurs, and Fri – 1pm to 4pm

 

Kitchener

  • ACCKWA – Safepoint Needle Exchange Program, 5-1770 King St. East, Kitchener, 519-570-3687

  • Sanguen Community Health Van, call or text 519-591-4826

  • ACCKWA at St. John's Kitchen, 2nd floor, 97 Victoria St. North, Kitchener, 519-745-8928

  • oneROOF Youth Services, 242 Queen St. South, Kitchener, 519-742-2788 ext. 207

  • Towards Recovery Clinic Kitchener, 1145 King St. East, Kitchener, 519-579-9647

  • OATC Kitchener, 1253 King St. East, Unit 4, Kitchener, 519-279-6078

  • OATC Kitchener East, Kitchener, 519-279-6078

 

Cambridge

  • Region of Waterloo Public Health and Emergency Services, 150 Main St. East, Cambridge, 519-575-4400 | Wed, Thurs, and Fri – 1pm to 4pm
  • ACCKWA Satellite Office (c/o Cambridge Self-help Food Bank), 2nd Floor, 54 Ainslie St. South, Cambridge, 519-622-6550

  • The Bridges (across from Shoppers Drug Mart), 26 Simcoe St., Cambridge, 519-624-9990

  • OATC Cambridge, 150 Main St., Cambridge, 519-624-6311

Giving Naloxone  

Naloxone is available as a nasal spray or as an injectable.

For instructions on how to use nasal spray naloxone, please check the Quick Start Nasal Spray Guide or watch Giving Naloxone Nasal Spray video.

For instructions on how to use injectable naloxone, please check the How to Give Naloxone Guide or watch Naloxone Made Easy and Naloxone Administration videos.

Other naloxone related resources include:

Handout: Five Steps to Respond to an Opioid Overdose Handout 

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