Where to Get Narcan (Naloxone) in Massachusetts

In 2021, an estimated 9.2 million Americans age 12 and older misused prescription opioids or heroin in the past year, and 5.6 million people met the diagnostic criteria for an opioid use disorder. In Massachusetts, approximately 193,000 people age 12 and older misused prescription opioids in 2021.1,2

Opioid misuse can lead to devastating consequences, including overdose and death, with an estimated 2,031 fatal overdoses involving opioids in Massachusetts in 2021. Narcan (generic name: naloxone) is a medication that can quickly reverse an opioid overdose and is available over the counter at pharmacies and other organizations across the nation and in Massachusetts.3,4

Read on to learn more about Narcan, other brands of naloxone, and what to do if you or someone else experiences an opioid overdose.

What Is Naloxone?

Naloxone is an opioid antagonist medication that blocks the effects of opioids (such as heroin, fentanyl, oxycodone, and others) by attaching to opioid receptors in the brain. By attaching to these receptors, naloxone can rapidly reverse the effects of an opioid overdose.5

If someone who is physically dependent on opioids receives naloxone, they can experience immediate withdrawal symptoms, which can be painful or extremely uncomfortable but are not typically life-threatening.5

When the FDA first approved naloxone for the emergency treatment of an opioid overdose, Narcan was only the brand name available. Today, additional formulations are available under other brand names, including Rivive and Kloxxado. Naloxone comes in a prepackaged nasal spray.5

Where to Get Narcan in Massachusetts

You can get Narcan and other brands of naloxone—with or without a prescription—at pharmacies across Massachusetts. With a prescription, a pharmacist can dispense it and bill your insurance as they would with other prescription medications. You can also request a naloxone kit without a prescription at a pharmacy, such as CVS, Rite Aid, or Walgreens.4,6

There are also several state-funded programs in Massachusetts that offer naloxone and other harm-reduction services, including:

Is Narcan Available Over the Counter?

Yes, Narcan and Rivive are available in Massachusetts without a prescription and can be obtained over the counter.

How Much Does Narcan Cost?

The cost of naloxone can vary based on where and how it is obtained.5

For example, naloxone from a pharmacy may incur a cost, depending on whether someone uses their insurance and the specifics of their insurance plan, whereas many community-based programs offer naloxone for free.

Costs may also vary depending on the form and brand of naloxone.5

When & How to Use Narcan

Narcan and other naloxone nasal sprays can be administered to any person who shows signs of opioid overdose or in a situation where there is a suspected overdose.5

It’s safe to give naloxone if you’re unsure of the substance taken. Naloxone only has an effect if opioids were taken and will have no effect if the person did not take them. If you suspect opioid overdose, give naloxone immediately.7

People can administer naloxone without medical training. The nasal spray contains a pre-filled dose that can be delivered easily into a person’s nostril. Each package contain two doses, in case a second dose is needed.7

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Narcan Training in Massachusetts

Narcan and other pre-dosed naloxone nasal sprays do not require training to use. These nasal sprays are designed for ease of use and include directions on the box or packaging.

However, there are community-based programs in Massachusetts that offer free naloxone and some also offer or require training on how to administer it. The list below includes some helpful resources:

Opioid Addiction Treatment at AdCare

Addiction is a chronic and complex condition, but it is treatable.

At AdCare Treatment Centers, we offer personalized, evidence-based care at our various locations in New England, including our Massachusetts inpatient rehab facility and inpatient addiction treatment program in Rhode Island.

To learn more about our programs or rehab admissions process, contact us at to speak with an admissions navigator. Together, you can discuss treatment and payment options, including how to use health insurance for addiction treatment.

If you or a loved one is struggling with opioid misuse or addiction, you are not alone. Call us to start the path to recovery today.

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