What is Naloxone?

Naloxone is a safe, highly effective antidote to Opioid overdose from opioids including heroin, prescription pain medications like Vicodin, Oxycodone, and medically assisted treatment options like Methadone and Buprenorphine.

How does it work?

It binds to the same receptors in the brain that receive heroin and other opioids; it “kicks out” the opioids and reverses the respiratory depression that leads to death from overdose.  Naloxone cannot get a person high and has no potential for abuse.  Naloxone is not a controlled substance.  Naloxone is on the World Health Organization’s Model List of Essential Medicines.

Who Can Administer Naloxone?

According to Illinois’ Overdose Prevention Act, any layperson 18 years of age or older can get trained.  This will allow them to possess and administer Naloxone to a person having an overdose.  This also allows us to train individuals who can then go on to train other individuals who can then go on to train other individuals (this is called the “train the trainer” model).

How Does One Get Naloxone?

Attend a training session through Hope Over Addiction

Stay tuned for future Naloxone Trainings to be scheduled.

If you would like to organize a training for your group or your employees, please email us at

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