Primary & Overdose Prevention

Prescription opioids can be addictive and dangerous. Overdose is not the only risk related to prescription opioids. Misuse, abuse, and opioid use disorder (addiction) are also potential dangers. Learn more about prescription opioids and what you can do to prevent misuse.

An opioid overdose is a life-threatening medical emergency. If you think an overdose may be occurring, it is important to act quickly to save a life and call 911 immediately.

Naloxone is a lifesaving medication that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. Naloxone is available as a generic drug or under the brand names NARCAN® and EVZIO®. Anyone can get naloxone at a Virginia pharmacy without a prescription. Learn more about naloxone and how to obtain it in Virginia.

Helpful Resources:

Recognizing an Opioid Overdose (English, Spanish)

Responding to an Opioid Overdose (English, Spanish)

Recognizing and Responding to an Opioid Overdose Emergency (Spanish)