Tampa, Florida – The Florida Department of Health in Hillsborough County has announced the availability of free naloxone (Nalcan) nasal spray kits. This life-saving drug could reduce thousands of drug abuse deaths across the state. Naloxone is available to people who use drugs, have a history of drug use, are at risk of overdosing, friends, family members, and anyone who may witness an overdose.
Increasing access to naloxone is a key component in combating the opioid epidemic. Providing naloxone to the public will help prevent overdose deaths in Florida.
Naloxone is a drug that reverses the effects of an opioid overdose and restores breathing and consciousness within minutes of being administered to a person who has overdosed. It can be administered by (non-medical professionals) but is not a substitute for professional medical care. If you suspect an opioid overdose, you should call 911 immediately before administering naloxone.
Anyone requesting a kit from DOH-Hillsborough must meet the following qualifications:
- Must be 18+
- Individuals at risk of experiencing an opioid overdose
- Caregivers who may witness an opioid overdose, or others likely to experience or witness an opioid overdose.
Naloxone kits are available Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm at:
Specialty Treatment Center | 1105 E. Kennedy Blvd.
University Area Health Center | 13601 N. 22nd Street
Sulfur Springs Health Center | 8605 N. Mitchell Ave.
Tuberculosis Center | 8515 N. Mitchell Ave.
For more information on Naloxone in Hillsborough County, call 813-307-8000.
Naloxone kits are free and no appointment is required. People using Naxolone receive educational materials, referrals, and connections for substance abuse interventions.
For more information, or if you are struggling with the effects of substance abuse, visit iSaveFL.
DOH-Hillsborough works to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts.
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