Working Together to Reduce Opioid Overdose and Drug-Related Deaths

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical center has partnered with Project DAWN (Deaths Avoided with naloxone) to provide training and free naloxone kits at our hospital pharmacy locations. A prescription is not necessary to receive training or to pick up the medication that can reverse an opioid overdose.

Across Ohio and the country, fentanyl, a very potent opioid, is more commonly being found in other substances, making naloxone a critical tool to have on hand. Fentanyl is responsible for the highest percentage of fatal overdoses in our community. Coroner reports have found fentanyl mixed into non-opioid illicit drugs such as stimulants, pills, and marijuana.

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Who should pick up a kit?

Anyone can pick up a kit and get trained. Whether you are caring for someone that uses opioids to manage pain, know someone with an opioid addiction, someone who uses other substances, having naloxone can help save a life.

What training will I receive?

When you stop at the pharmacy, the pharmacist will have you fill out a form, provide written training instructions and the medication kit. 

You will be trained on: 

  • Recognizing the signs and symptoms of overdose
  • Performing rescue breathing
  • Calling 911
  • Administering intranasal naloxone

Where can I pick up free naloxone without a prescription?

Pharmacy at Doan Hall

410 W. 10th Ave. Rm 111
Columbus, OH 43210

Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Closed Saturday, Sunday and Ohio State University Holidays

Pharmacy at East Hospital

181 Taylor Ave. (Ground Level)
Columbus, OH 43203

Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Closed Saturday, Sunday and Ohio State University Holidays

Pharmacy at The James

460 W. 10th Ave., L012 (Lower Level)
Columbus, OH 43210

Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Ohio State University Holidays, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Student Health Services Pharmacy

Wilce Student Health Center
1875 Millikin Road
Columbus, OH 43210

Pharmacy at Outpatient Care Dublin

6700 University Boulevard
Dublin, OH 43016

Monday - Friday: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Closed Saturday, Sunday and Ohio State University Holidays

Pharmacy at Outpatient Care New Albany

6100 North Hamilton Road
Westerville, OH 43081

Monday - Friday: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Closed Saturday, Sunday and Ohio State University Holidays

More information

By Mail

The following are options for individuals to receive naloxone for free in the mail, no insurance required. 

Harm Reduction Vending Machines vending machine containing Narcan kits

Purpose: The vending machine operates as a basic vending machine but dispenses essential harm-reduction items such as naloxone, Deterra drug disposal bags, sharps containers, and fentanyl test strips. Its purpose is to offer a discreet and accessible way for individuals to obtain these supplies, promoting safer choices, empowering knowledge about substance use, and ultimately saving lives.

Location: The harm reduction vending machine is located inside the west entrance of the OSU Recreational and Physical Activity Center (RPAC), providing easy access to life-saving medications and supplies for both the community and students.

Contents of the Vending Machine: Currently, only naloxone is available via the vending machine. Other supplies will be added soon!

  1. Naloxone: Opioid overdose reversal medication (nasal spray)
  2. Deterra Drug Disposal Bags: These bags facilitate the safe and responsible disposal of unwanted or expired medications, preventing potential drug misuse and protecting public health and the environment.
  3. Sharps Containers: These containers are essential for safely disposing used needles and other sharp objects associated with drug use.
  4. Fentanyl Test Strips: These strips empower individuals to check for the presence of the powerful synthetic opioid, fentanyl, in illicit substances, allowing for informed decisions about consumption and reducing the risk of unintended overdoses. 

What is naloxone?

Naloxone (also known as Narcan®) is a medication that can reverse an overdose caused by an opioid drug (heroin, fentanyl, or prescription pain medications). When administered during an overdose, naloxone blocks the effects of opioids on the brain and quickly restores breathing. Naloxone has been used safely by emergency medical professionals for more than 40 years and has only one critical function: to reverse the effects of opioids in order to prevent overdose death. Naloxone has no potential for abuse.

If naloxone is given to a person who is not experiencing an opioid overdose, it is harmless. If naloxone is administered to a person who is dependent on opioids, it will produce withdrawal symptoms. Withdrawal, although uncomfortable, is not life-threatening.

Additional Resources

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