NARCAN (naloxone) is a nasal spray that will counteract the life-threatening effects of an opioid overdose. This easy to use spray was developed for first responders, family, friends and caregivers with the idea of most overdoses happen in a home environment. No medical training is required to administer the treatment. Instructions on how to administer the nasal spray is included in the packaging. Repeated doses may be necessary to revive an overdose victim.
The nasal spray is available at pharmacies such as Walgreen’s, CVC and Rite-Way without a prescription. The cost is somewhere in the range of $50-70 per dose. However, the Porter County Health Department is a distributor for the State of Indiana and has a robust supply for those requesting it for NO cost.
To get a dose to have on hand just go to either the health department in Valparaiso or Portage. A nurse will give you a 5 minute demonstration and you will be required to sign a paper acknowledging you received the training.
Porter County Health Department
Valparaiso: 155 Indiana Avenue, Suite 104 219-465-3531
Portage: 3610 Willowcreek Road, Suite 2 219-759-8239
Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm