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One Pill Kills

How to Save a Life

  1. Call 911 right away

  2. Try to wake the person up

  3. Give naloxone or Narcan, if available

  4. Begin rescue breathing or CPR

  5. Turn the person on their side to prevent choking

  6. Stay with the person until emergency services arrive

What is Naloxone or Narcan?

naloxone narcanNaloxone or Narcan is a medication that can help counteract a fentanyl/opioid overdose.   
  • It is available at many Texas pharmacies without a prescription, as a nasal spray or injectable. 
  • Naloxone does not harm someone that has no opioids in their system, so it is best to err on the side of caution and administer it, if you suspect someone has overdosed.
  • Most medical professionals and first responders carry and/or know how to administer naloxone.
Naloxone/Narcan Resources

Fentanyl Test Strips

Fentanyl test strips (FTS) are small strips of paper that can detect the presence of fentanyl in all different kinds of drugs (cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin, etc.) and drug forms (pills, powder, and injectables).  There is a growing movement to make these strips free and legal in every state to help prevent fentanyl overdoses and deaths.

In April 2021, CDC and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announced federal funding could be used to purchase FTS.

Source:  Fentanyl Test Strips: A Harm Reduction Strategy (