IHNO is an Erie County, Department of Health Narcan Community Access Site

Monday - Thursday, 9am - 5pm

What are opioids?

Opioids are generally used to treat pain and include both prescription painkillers and heroin.

What is an opioid emergency or overdose?

Opioids can cause a person’s breathing to slow or even stop- this is considered an overdose. All opioids put people at risk. 

What is naloxone?

Naloxone temporarily blocks the effects of opioids, and can reverse overdose.  Naloxone only works if opioids are in the body and has no effects on alcohol or other drugs.  It takes 2-5 minutes to start working, and may require more thank one dose.  The effects of naloxone last for between 30-90 minutes.


Naloxone may cause an opioid dependent person to go into withdrawal (e.g. nausea, vomiting, agitation, muscle aches). These symptoms will go away as the naloxone wears off.

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