Naloxone/Narcan is a life-saving emergency medication that reverses opiate (heroin, fentanyl, prescription opioid) overdoses. If someone you know is using these substances, you and the people around them need to carry naloxone in order to potentially save their life.
It is a safe and easy to use medication that you can get from your doctor or a certified pharmacist.
Find a naloxone pharmacy here.
Good Samaritan Laws - CT passed a law in 2011 that protects people who call 911 seeking emergency medical services for an overdose from arrest for possession of drugs/paraphernalia. In 2014, CT passed a law protecting someone who administers naloxone from civil liability and criminal prosecution.
HOW TO DISPOSE OF OPIOIDS
80 percent of people who enter treatment for heroin/opioid addiction start with prescription opioids – often ones prescribed to them or ones that they find in medicine cabinets at family and friends' houses. Many people keep these drugs on hand, “just in case” they are needed in the future, but the reality is that if you need them you will get a prescription.
To find a location to drop off and dispose of your drugs visit here.
HOW TO GET HELP
If you or someone you love is struggling with a substance-use disorder, there are a variety of places to get help. The Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services has an online tool to see where there are beds available for detox centers, residential treatment facilities and recovery houses/sober homes in Connecticut. This is available here.
Alternatively, for addiction treatment services call the 24/7 DMHAS Access Line at 1-800-563-4086.
Signs of an Opiate Overdose
Slowed heart rate
Loss of consciousness
CALL 9-1-1 & administer Narcan/Naloxone if you have it on hand
HELP FOR FAMILY MEMBERS, PARTNERS & FRIENDS
Addiction is a family disease. When someone we love is struggling with a substance-use disorder, everyone around them can be impacted. You deserve support in navigating this challenging time.
TriCirlce Inc., runs Hope and Support groups in 8 communities. You can find more information here.
Tim Buckley Project’s mission is to support families impacted by mental health and substance use disorders. More information can be found here.