What Is Narcan?

  • Narcan is a medication that reverses an opioid overdose
  • Narcan can be given nasally, intravenously, and through intramuscular injection by medical professionals
  • Narcan is used by medical professionals and people who have been trained to administer Narcan through the MA Department of Public Health
    Narcan Pilot Program
  • Narcan works in 1 to 3 minutes and last 30 to 90 minutes. (It can take longer if multiple drugs have been used or methadone is present.)
  • If it takes longer than 3–5 minutes, a second dose is recommended
  • Overdose can return; stay with the person or transfer care to emergency personnel
  • Nasal Narcan is free and available through the MA Department of Public Health Narcan Pilot Program. (See above link: Where To Get Free Narcan)

Where To Get Narcan

Free Narcan distribution at MA Department of Public Health
Narcan Pilot Programs’ locations.

If you go, you can expect:

  • 20 minute training (approx.) to teach you how to use nasal Narcan
  • Enrollment form to be filled out (only used for data collection, risk assessment, risk reduction)
  • Review of overdose risks, prevention response, calling 911, rescue breathing, and refill procedure
  • You will be asked to demonstrate how to assemble the nasal Narcan spray bottle
  • All information is strictly anonymous


  • Quincy – Bay State Community Services
    13 Temple Street, 3rd. floor
    Quincy, MA 02169
    Call: 617-471-8400 x142
  • Quincy – Learn to Cope

    Naloxone is available at support groups for parents and family members dealing with a loved one

    suffering from addiction. Please go to www.learn2cope.org for meeting locations and times.

  • Boston

    Boston Public Health Commission, AHOPE

    774 Albany Street


    Mobile Unit— call for locations and schedule


  • Brockton

    Brockton Area Multi-Services, Inc.

    The COPE Center

    81 Pleasant Street


  • Cambridge

    AIDS Action Committee

    359 Green Street


  • Fall River

    Seven Hills Behavioral Health

    310 South Main Street


  • Gloucester

    Northeast Behavioral Health

    302 Washington Street


  • Holyoke

    Holyoke Health Center, CEPA

    330 Appleton Street


  • Hyannis

    AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod

    428 South Street, 866-990-2437 or


  • Lawrence

    Greater Lawrence Family Health Center

    100 Water Street

    978-685-7663 X 8504

  • Lowell

    Lowell Community Health Center

    585-579 Merrimack Street


    Lowell House, Inc., Darby Drop-In Center

    555 Merrimack Street

    978-459-8656 Ext. 23

  • Lynn

    Northeast Behavioral Health

    Lynn Healthy Streets Outreach

    280 Union Street


  • New Bedford

    Seven Hills Behavioral Health

    1173 Acushnet Avenue


  • Northampton

    Tapestry Health

    16 Center Street, Suite 423


  • Provincetown

    AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod

    336 Commercial Street, Unit #10

    866-668-6448, 508-487-8311

  • Springfield

    Tapestry Health, La Voz

    130 Maple Street, lower level


  • Worcester

    AIDS Project Worcester

    85 Green Street

    508-755-3773 X 29