What is Naloxone?

Naloxone is a life-saving medication that can stop an opioid overdose, including overdoses from heroin, fentanyl, and prescription opioids. Naloxone is safe and easy to use. It is most often given as a nasal spray.

Naloxone quickly stops an overdose by blocking the effects of opioids. It can restore normal breathing within 2 to 3 minutes in a person whose breath has slowed or stopped because of opioid overdose. More than one dose of naloxone may need to be given when stronger opioids like fentanyl are involved.

Even after administering naloxone to someone overdosing, they will need medical help.

Source: CDC

Be prepared

Learn about and carry naloxone.

Know the signs of overdose:

  • Difficult to wake up
  • Slowed breathing
  • Confusion
  • Blue or pale lips and fingernails

If you notice these signs, call 911 immediately and give naloxone.

Who should carry naloxone?

  • If you or someone you know is at increased risk for opioid overdose, especially those struggling with opioid use disorder (OUD), you should carry naloxone and keep it at home
  • People who are taking high-dose opioid medications (greater or equal to 50 morphine milligram equivalents per day) prescribed by a doctor
  • People who use opioids and benzodiazepines together
  • People who use illicit opioids like heroin should all carry naloxone

Carrying naloxone is no different than carrying an EpiPen® for someone with allergies. It simply provides an extra layer of protection for those at a higher risk for overdose.

Most states have laws that may protect a person who is overdosing or a person who calls for help.

Source: CDC
When in doubt, call 911 and use naloxone.
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Naloxone Training and Distribution

Site Locations & Drop-In Times:


Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

OC Health Care Agency in partnership with Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation & naloxone ambassador Recovery Road, Inc., invites you to free, recurring drop-in events to learn how to reverse opioid overdoses and save lives.

Recovery Road, Inc.

  • 2370 East Orangethorpe Ave.
    Anaheim, CA 92806
    Every Mon & Thur 5pm to 7pm

Anaheim Alana Club

  • 202 W. Broadway
    Anaheim. CA 92805
    1st & 3rd Fridays 2pm to 4pm

The Purpose of Recovery

  • 131 N. Tustin Ave Ste 100,
    Tustin, Ca 92780
    Every Tuesday 9am to 11am
    Training offered in Spanish too


  • 4063 Birch Street, Suite 150
    Newport Beach, CA  92660
    Every Monday and Wednesday
    11:00 am – 1:00 pm
    Located inside Whole Body Health Team

Mariposa Women and Family – San Juan Capistrano

  • 29222 Rancho Viejo Road,
    San Juan Capistrano, CA  92675
    Wednesdays 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Twin Town

  • 24953 Paseo De Valencia Building B, Suite 1B
    Laguna Hills, CA 92653
    Go to Building B, take elevator on first floor to the lower level

    Mondays and Fridays 4:00 – 6:00 pm

Orangewood Foundation

(714) 619-0200


Drop-in center:

  • 1575 East 17th Street,
    Santa Ana, CA 92705


  • Mondays & Wednesdays: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tuesdays & Thursdays: 8:30 am - 7:00 pm
  • Fridays: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Saturdays & Sundays: Closed

MECCA – Multi-Ethnic Collaborative of Community Agencies

(657) 245-5191


  • The Village Shared Spaces
    1505 E. 17th Street, Santa Ana
    Every Wednesday, 4:30 pm – 8:30 pm
    Call for an appointment for a different day or time

If you or someone you care about is struggling with addiction, help is available.
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