What is Narcan?

  • Narcan is a medication that reverses an opioid overdose
  • Narcan can be given nasally or intravenously
  • Narcan can be used by medical professionals and bystanders to prevent opioid overdose
  • Narcan works in 1 to 3 minutes and lasts 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

Where to Get Narcan

All Massachusetts’ pharmacies have a standing order for Narcan. The cost varies depending on your insurance.

Narcan rescue kits are also available for free at your local Overdose Eduction and Naloxone Distribute (OEND Site).  View a list of all OEND sites.

Manet Community Health Center located in Quincy is the closest OEND site.

A Manet Prevention Specialist can teach you how to use Narcan and supply this medication to you free of charge.

Call (Quincy/Hull) 857.939.4108, (Taunton) 781-664-4637 or e-mail: