Working together to reduce opioid overdose and drug-related deaths

Naloxone-nasal-spray-boxThe Ohio State University Wexner Medical center has partnered with Project DAWN (Deaths Avoided with Naloxone) to provide training and free naloxone kits, also known as Narcan, at our hospital pharmacy locations in Columbus, Ohio, and the surrounding area. 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.

What is naloxone?

Naloxone 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 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. This makes naloxone a great tool for anyone — not just health care providers — to use to prevent death in someone experiencing an overdose.

Who should pick up a naloxone kit?

Anyone can pick up a kit and get trained. Whether you’re caring for someone who uses opioids to manage pain or you know someone with a substance use disorder, 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, and will 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?

Several Ohio State pharmacies in the Columbus area carry naloxone that is free to the public. These pharmacies include:

Pharmacy at Doan Hall

410 W. 10th Ave., Room 111
Columbus, OH 43210
Phone: 614-293-9795
Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Closed Saturday, Sunday and The Ohio State University holidays

Pharmacy at East Hospital

181 Taylor Ave., T0354
Columbus, OH 43203
Phone: 614-257-2628
Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Closed Saturday, Sunday and The Ohio State University holidays

Pharmacy at The James

460 W. 10th Ave., L012
Columbus, OH 43210
Open 365 days a year
Phone: 614-293-5920
Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-9 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
The Ohio State University Holidays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Student Health Services Pharmacy

Wilce Student Health Center
1875 Millikin Road
Columbus, OH 43210
Phone: 614-292-4321

Pharmacy at Outpatient Care Dublin

6700 University Blvd.
1st Floor, Suite 1D
Dublin, OH 43016
Phone: 614-814-7001
Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Closed Saturday, Sunday and The Ohio State University holidays

Pharmacy at Outpatient Care New Albany

6100 N. Hamilton Road, Room 1370
Westerville, OH 43081
Phone: 614-366-7551
Fax: 614-366-7130
Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Closed Saturday, Sunday and Ohio State University holidays

By mail

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

Franklin County residents:

Other Ohio residents:

Harm-reduction vending machines

vending machine containing Narcan kitsThe vending machine dispenses essential harm-reduction items such as naloxone, Deterra drug disposal bags, sharps containers and fentanyl test strips. Its purpose offers a discreet and accessible way for individuals to obtain these supplies, promoting safer choices, empowering knowledge about substance use and ultimately saving lives.

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

Additional Resources

For more information about substance use disorders and treatment, please visit Ohio State’s Mental and Behavioral Health services page.

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