Naloxone Training and Distribution Program

Effective January 1, 2023, Senate Bill No. 367 requires UCSF SHCS to provide opioid overdose education and distribute Naloxone.

In distributing Naloxone, our goal is to facilitate access to naloxone, a life-saving medication used to reverse an overdose from opioids, including heroin, fentanyl, and prescription opioid medications, and to reduce harm to the UCSF community.

Using a standing order from the California Department of Public Health, SHCS will:

  • Deliver opioid overdose and naloxone use education online with additional instructions on how to obtain naloxone through our program
  • Provide naloxone at UCSF Student Health and Counseling Services to help reduce the occurrence of opioid related overdoses in the community
  • Use an anonymous pathway for optional reporting of feedback and whether the use of naloxone distributed through our program successfully reversed an opioid overdose 
  • Communicate the existence of the program with its constituents on a regular basis

Prevent an Opioid Overdose

Use naloxone to reverse a possible opioid overdose.

Where Can I Get Free Naloxone?

  1. View a short video about opioid overdose and how to administer naloxone and then complete a short quiz.
  2. Take a picture or screen shot of the “Successful Quiz Completion” screen.
  3. Visit SHCS and tell the front desk staff member that you would like a naloxone kit.  No appointment is needed.
  4. Our staff will confirm that you have completed the educational video and ask you to show your screenshot showing that you successfully completed the quiz.
  5. Our staff will ask if you have any questions or would like to speak to a nurse.  If nurse consultation is not desired, our staff will provide you with one naloxone kit.
  6. If nurse consultation is desired, you will be added to the nurse schedule on the same day.  A nurse will see you on the same day and dispense the naloxone kit when at the time of consultation, after addressing any questions or concerns. 

What is Naloxone?

Naloxone is a medication that works almost immediately to reverse opiate overdose. It has few known adverse effects, no potential for abuse, and can be rapidly administered through intramuscular injection or nasal spray. While most professional first responders and emergency departments, including UCPD, are equipped with naloxone, they may not arrive in time to revive overdose victims. Educated and equipped bystanders can effectively take steps to reverse an opioid overdose.

Why Should You Carry Naloxone?

Given the success of naloxone bystander programs, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have recommended expanding the availability of naloxone to laypeople.

The amount of time it takes for first responders to arrive on the scene can mean a person's life in the case of an opioid overdose. Carrying naloxone allows civilians to become responsible bystanders and potentially save a life in the event of encountering an opioid overdose.

How Does Naloxone Work?

When administered during an overdose, naloxone blocks the effect of opioids on the brain and restores breathing within two to eight minutes to prevent death.

When Do You Administer Naloxone? 

Signs of possible opioid overdose:

  • The person can’t be woken up AND
    • Breathing is slow or has stopped OR
    • Is making snoring or gurgling sounds
  • Fingernails and lips turn blue or purple
  • Pupils are tiny or eyes are rolled back
  • Body is limp

What to do:

  1. Shout out to the person (their name, if known) and shake their shoulders
  2. If unresponsive, give naloxone - one spray into the nostril
  3. Call 911 if unresponsive
  4. Perform rescue breathing and/or chest compressions
  5. If no improvement after 2-3 minutes, repeat steps 3 & 4
  6. Stay with the person until the arrival of medical assistance

After Administering Naloxone: 

Naloxone often works immediately.  But depending on the individual's size and use history, they may need more than 1 or 2 applications. If the person does not recover quickly you may need to perform other life-saving strategies such as Hands-Only CPR and rescue breathing.  Naloxone’s effect lasts for about 30 to 90 minutes in the body. If the naloxone wears off before the effects of the opioids wear off, the person might go into an overdose again. For this reason, it is always very important to call emergency medical assistance! 

After you administer naloxone, do not leave the individual unattended until you can transfer their care to a medical professional. 

Still Have Questions?

Please send a secure message to a student health nurse at [email protected].

You may also wish to watch the California Department of Public Health’s training video on administering naloxone.

Please Share Your Feedback

This QR code will be provided with your Naloxone kit:

The QR code will link to:

  • The educational video if you need to review how to administer naloxone

  • An anonymous survey to report if you have used the naloxone kit you picked up and whether the medicine was successful in reversing an opioid overdose.

    • The survey provides the opportunity to share feedback and your ideas to improve our naloxone distribution efforts on campus

    • The survey is not mandatory

Can I get in trouble if I call 911 on someone’s behalf if I’m also using substances?

California has a 911 Good Samaritan Law (CA Civil Code Section 1714.22) protects you from arrest, charge, and prosecution when you call 911 at the scene of a suspected drug overdose. Nobody at the scene should be charged for personal amounts of drugs or paraphernalia. This law does not protect you if:

  • You are on parole/probation; it is likely still a violation

  • You have more drugs than “possession for personal use”; it is still illegal to have any amount that would suggest trafficking or sales

  • You “obstruct medical or law enforcement personnel”; it is still important to not intervene with the activities of police or emergency personnel


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