In 2015, more than 300 people in New Hampshire died as a result of drug overdose, the majority of which have been related to opioids. This crisis includes heroin, street fentanyl, other illicit opioids, and misuse of prescription drugs.
In response to the opioid crisis in New Hampshire, the state created the Anyone. Anytime. NH.™ campaign to educate the public and professionals about addiction, emergency overdose medication and accessibility to support services for those experiencing opioid addiction. This campaign was designed to help anyone affected by this crisis including: people experiencing addiction; parents, family and friends of those experiencing addiction; and health care, safety, and other system staff working with people who may be experiencing addiction.
Learn more about the Anyone. Anytime. campaign and how to get materials.
What is Naloxone (Narcan™)?
Naloxone (Narcan) is an opiate antidote. When a person is overdosing on an opioid (e.g. heroin, fentanyl, prescription pain pills like morphine, codeine, oxycodone, methadone and Vicodin, etc.), breathing can slow down or stop and it can be very hard to wake them from this state. Naloxone is a prescription medicine that blocks the effects of opioids and reverses an overdose; providing a window of opportunity to save a life. If you suspect an opioid drug overdose, call 911, start rescue breathing, administer naloxone, and wait for emergency responders to arrive.
How Do I Access Naloxone?
In June 2015, Governor Hassan signed into law (House Bills: 270 & 271) allowing family members and friends of those at risk for opioid overdose to carry Naloxone. With the passing of this law, there are now three ways to access Naloxone in your community:
- Ask your doctor for a prescription and fill the prescription at your pharmacy. Be sure to check with your pharmacy on availability. Please note: Co-pays may apply depending on your health insurance plan.
- Some pharmacies can dispense Naloxone without requiring a prescription from your doctor. Please call your pharmacy to inquire if a prescription is needed.
- State-purchased Naloxone kits are available at no cost to patients at 10 Community Health Centers.