How to use naloxone (Narcan)



A guide for when to use naloxone.

The state’s Department of Consumer Protection has created a printable, fold-able handout that describes, step-by-step, how to use naloxone, the anti-overdose medication marketed with the brand name Narcan. The handout includes instructions on what to do if you suspect someone is overdosing, including what steps to take after administrating the medication.

The handout also shows how to use the three main kinds of naloxone dispensers, including the nasal spray, the injectable form and the auto-injector.

To print the handout, download the PDF’s on the state’s website by left-clicking then hitting “Save as”.


Last year, Susan Wolfe, quality manager at Mental Health & Addiction Services, showed how to put together an intranasal naloxone device. Wolfe has been training health center workers across the state on how to use the opioid anti-overdose medicine that’s helped saved hundreds of lives. The drug works by nearly instantly reversing the effects of opioids, including painkiller like oxycodone and heroin.

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-Esteban L. Hernandez, New Haven Register 

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