How to Use Naloxone

There are some great videos online that walk you through how to use opioid-reversing drugs:

This training video covers overdose risks, the WA State Good Samaritan Law and shows a step-by-step demonstration on what to do in an opioid overdose (including rescue breathing and naloxone). It depicts drug paraphernalia and reenacts an overdose.

In this video, Frances Fu and Kristen Marshall from the Drug Overdose Prevention and Education (DOPE) Project share how to recognize an overdose, and how to use Narcan to reverse the overdose and save a person’s life.

Reducing stigma and increasing hope

Opioid-reversing drugs may cause a person to go into opioid withdrawal with symptoms like chills, vomiting, and other very uncomfortable side effects. Be supportive and nonjudgemental. Help them understand what just happened and that EMS is on the way. You can say something like “You were having an overdose. I had to give you Narcan. I’m so glad you are alive!” 

Taking care of yourself

Saving someone’s life is a powerful experience. You might feel strong emotions. Remember that it is ok to feel these feelings and important to process them in healthy ways like talking to a trusted friend or family member, journaling, or even letting yourself shed some tears. 

The bottom line is:

if you think someone might be having an overdose, here are three things to remember: 

Call 911.

Administer Naloxone

Begin Giving Rescue Breathing

Give rescue breathing if you know how to do this safely, otherwise give chest compression CPR.