Here’s How to Get Naloxone, the Opioid Overdose Antidote, Without a Prescription

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Tori Marsh
Tori Marsh, MPH, is on the Research Team at GoodRx, and is the resident expert on drug pricing and savings.
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As part of the continued efforts to curb the opioid epidemic, naloxone, a drug used to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose, is now available without a prescription in some states.

Naloxone, and the brand-name version, Narcan, are both used to rapidly reverse the symptoms of a deadly opioid overdose. Brand-name Narcan is dispensed as an easy-to-use nasal spray, while the more affordable generic version, naloxone, is dispensed as a syringe to be injected into the thigh or buttock. With minimal training, family members or concerned bystanders can safely administer these lifesaving drugs.

People who take prescription painkillers for acute or chronic pain should keep Narcan or naloxone on hand, and now it’s easy to do so without having to get a prescription from your doctor first.

How can I get naloxone without a prescription?

At present, you can go directly to select pharmacy counters and purchase naloxone without a prescription. Policies will vary depending on the pharmacy you visit:

If you don’t see your pharmacy on the list above, be sure to call your pharmacist to see if you can still get naloxone without a prescription.

How much does naloxone cost?

One syringe of brand-name Narcan can cost well over $150, but it is typically covered by health insurance. According to Narcan’s website, the lifesaving drug is covered by 95% of all plans. While coverage level differs between plans, 81% of insured individuals will have a co-pay of $20 or less for one fill. Additionally, one syringe of generic naloxone can be purchased for around $30 at most pharmacies with a GoodRx coupon.

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