You Can

Reverse an overdose.
Save a life.

When someone’s overdosing, time is everything. Know what to do.

Save a life and keep the brain alive by using rescue breathing in response to an overdose. Use Narcan®, or naloxone, to reverse the overdose. Learn the signs, know how to respond, carry naloxone with you, and use rescue breathing in response to an overdose, even if you don't have Narcan. You can be ready to act.

Get Narcan®. Rescue breathing.

Use safely.   Protect yourself. 

With these simple steps, you can reduce your own risk — and that of others.

Three basic ways you can help prevent an overdose:

  1. Start low, go slow.
  2. Use with others instead of alone.
    To connect with a trained operator who can call for help in case of overdose, click here.
  3. Practice rescue breathing and carry Narcan®.

If everyone around you knows what to do, you’ll all be safer if something goes wrong.

Know the truth. Reduce the harm.  

There are new risks out there — and everyone should know.

Fentanyl isn’t the only cause of overdose. The animal tranquilizer xylazine has also been found in the drug supply. It can cause sever sedation and take longer to come out of an overdose. Even though xylazine isn't an opioid, always use Narcan® just to be safe. And make sure to do rescue breathing.

Learn more about xylazine

Trust yourself. Stay prepared. 

With practice and planning, you can do exactly what’s needed.

Narcan®, or naloxone, is a nasal spray that reverses opioid overdose by restarting the person’s breathing. It’s available at pharmacies and Overdose Education and Naloxone Distribution (OEND) sites, and it’s easy to use.

Also easy: the lifesaving techniques in these videos. Preparation and practice are right at your fingertips.

Get Narcan®.

Breathe in. Breathe out.

Save a life and protect the brain with rescue breathing

When someone overdoses, it shuts off their ability to breath on their own. You can keep someone alive by breathing for them. Here’s what to do:

  1. Call 911.
  2. Give the 1st dose of Narcan® if you have it.
  3. Tip their head back and pinch their nose.
  4. Give 1 breath every 5 seconds, for 3-5 minutes.
  5. If they don’t wake up, give a 2nd dose of Narcan®.

Remember — Keep breathing for them until help arrives.

Be there. Spread the hope.

Harm reduction is being prepared.

Janice is a mother on a mission. When her son got shot in the neck and became addicted to his painkillers, it wasn’t long before his addiction turned to heroin. She knows how important it is to be there for him, and to help other families help their loved ones.

Always use
with someone.

Using alone is the number one risk factor for a fatal overdose.

That’s why the Overdose Prevention Helpline is here for you. Call 800-972-0590 and you will be connected with a trained operator who can call for help in case of an overdose. When you’re ready to use, the Overdose Helpline is ready to stand by.

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Using alone?

Provide solutions.
Create change.

Put your knowledge to work — as a source of hope for others.

Every day, providers save lives. Continue to learn as you serve your clients, support your colleagues, and change the narrative.

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