If you think someone is overdosing, call 911 immediately.

Opioid overdose awareness

  • The Opioid epidemic is a serious national crisis affecting public health and social and economic welfare. *In 2019, the misuse and addiction to opioids, including prescription pain relievers and heroin and synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, claimed the lives of almost 50,000 people. 

    The following informs educators and parents about opioid use, and signs of overdose and provides information about available effective treatment that can save lives.​

    *Source: National Institute on ​Drug Abuse​

What is Fentanyl?

What is Naloxone (Narcan®)

  • Naloxone (also known by its brand name, Narcan®) is an opioid antagonist that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. It is usually available as a nasal or injectable medication and works by outcompeting opioids and binding on to the opioid receptor, alleviating the sedating effects of the opioid. When given during an overdose, Naloxone could restore breathing within 2-8 minutes.

    California state regulations permit pharmacists to prescribe Naloxone without a prescription in accordance with the Title 16 ​California Code of Regulations Section 1746.3​.

    CDPH has issued a statewide standing order to help reduce morbidity and mortality associated with opioid overdose by facilitating the distribution and administration of Naloxone Hydrochloride (Naloxone) in California.

    CDPH Naloxone Statewide Standing Order FAQs (pdf)

Naloxone available on MetroED campus

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Last Modified on March 14, 2023