Free Naloxone Kits Available at Local Pharmacies

Free Naloxone Kits

During national disasters and emergencies, the risks of illicit opioid use increase. To help prevent overdose deaths, the Rice County Chemical and Mental Health Coalition and the Northfield Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention, in partnership with Sterling Pharmacies in Faribault and Northfield, and the Steve Rummler HOPE Network, have made free naloxone kits available at several local pharmacies.

*Insurance will be billed if the individual has insurance and a prescription from a provider.

Naloxone is a medication used to temporarily reverse the effects of the opiate overdose. If a community member is concerned about themselves or a loved one, they can pick up a free naloxone kit at the following pharmacies:

• Allina Health District One Pharmacy, 200 State Ave., Faribault, MN 55021

• Cub Pharmacy, 2423 MN-3, Northfield, MN 55057

• Hy-Vee Pharmacy, 1920 Grant St NW, Faribault, MN 55057

• Sterling Pharmacy Northfield, 700 Division St. S., Northfield, MN 55057

• Sterling Pharmacy Faribault, 430 2nd Ave. NW, Faribault, MN 55021

Naloxone, or Narcan (brand name), is a medication that reverses the effects of an opiate overdose to prevent death. Opiates include drugs like oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, morphine, fentanyl, and heroin. If a person uses too much of an opiate drug, an overdose can happen. An opiate overdose can cause these symptoms: unresponsiveness (person cannot be awakened or is unable to speak); not breathing or slow, shallow, erratic breaths; no heartbeat or a heartbeat that is slow or erratic; extremely pale and/or clammy skin; blue/purple lips and fingernails; vomiting or gurgling noises; pinpoint pupils.

For someone with any of these symptoms, who may have used an opiate medication, immediately call 911. Giving naloxone can reverse the effects of overdose and save the person's life. Emergency responders and law enforcement officers in Rice County carry and can administer naloxone, but naloxone can also be administered by a friend or family member. Naloxone saves lives.

The Rice County Chemical and Mental Health Coalition, the Northfield Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention, and their many partners are working to prevent youth use of alcohol and other drugs, including opiates. Please visit the website at ricecountychc.org and consider joining in these important efforts. These local efforts also include providing resources to help those struggling with drug or alcohol abuse. Please see the resource guide at northfieldhci.org/resources.