The Central Connecticut Health District would like to recognize that August 31, 2016 is International Overdose Awareness Day.  Many lives have been harmed or ended from intentional or unintentional opioid overdoses. 

If caught in time, an overdose can be reversed.  Naloxone, known as Narcan or Evzio, is currently available in many pharmacies in Connecticut without a prescription.  Over 800 pharmacists in our state are now certified to prescribe Naloxone, including nearly all CVS pharmacists.  Many other pharmacies have trained pharmacists as well.  If you are planning on getting a Naloxone prescription because someone in your life is using or misusing opioids (which include street drugs such as heroin and over-the counter drugs such as Vicodin, Percocet and Oxycodone) BE SURE to call the pharmacy before you go, to make sure that a certified pharmacist will be on site to assist you.   

If someone you know has overdosed and survived, there are resources to help them treat an addiction.  Please visit the North Central Regional Mental Health Board website as a place to begin the search for support.