Opioid Safety Program

The Opioid Safety Progam mission is to reduce opioid misuse and abuse in Calaveras County.

The objectives of the program are to:

  • Coordinate and Develop an opioid safety educational campaign
  • Educate community members on opioid safety. 
  • Educate first responders, emergency medical services, fire authorities, law enforcement, courts, and criminal justice partners, veteran organizations, homeless programs, schools and universities, libraries, religious entities, community organizations, substance use disorder recovery facilities, hospital emergency departments, on preventing opioid overdose. 

 

Naloxone/NARCAN Reporting System

First Responders

Use this form to report use of Naloxone/NARCAN in Calaveras County.

 

 

Opioids

 

 

Narcan Nasal Spray

 

FAQs

Can someone get addicted to naloxone (Narcan)?

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Can someone get addicted to naloxone (Narcan)?

No. Naloxone reverses the effects of opioids, is an antidote to opioid overdose, and is not an addictive substance.

What are common side effects to Narcan?

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What are common side effects to Narcan?

After administering Narcan, people who have overdosed on opioids including fentanyl will start breathing again. People can experience flushing, dizziness, anxiety, irritability, body aches, and some confusion.

What are some other common misconceptions about Narcan:

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What are some other common misconceptions about Narcan:

Having a naloxone kit does not increase a person’s opioid or other substance use. If naloxone is administered to someone who has overdosed on anything other than an opioid—including alcohol, benzodiazepines (such as Xanax), stimulants, or psychedelics—Narcan will not have any effect, and would not worsen the person’s nonopioid overdose

What does it do?

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What does it do?

Fentanyl works on opioid receptors in the brain to decrease pain throughout the body, but it can also make people feel euphoric, confused, sedated, drowsy, dizzy, constipated, and nauseated, and can decrease your rate of breathing.

What does it Naloxone (Narcan) do?

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What does it Naloxone (Narcan) do?

Naloxone blocks the opioid receptors in the brain. It removes opioids that activate opioid receptors and reverses the effects of the opioids to restore breathing. Naloxone can stay in someone’s system for about 30-60 minutes until help can arrive.

What is Fentanyl?

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What is Fentanyl?

Fentanyl is an opioid that is sold illicitly on its own but can also be mixed in with illicit substances. When taken by someone without tolerance to opioids, fentanyl that can rapidly cause someone to stop breathing and die. Fentanyl is 50 times more potent than heroin and 100 times more potent that morphine. The DEA has stated that they believe 100% of the counterfeit pills being sold online contain fentanyl.

What is Naloxone (Narcan)?

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What is Naloxone (Narcan)?

Naloxone, which also goes by the brand name Narcan, is a lifesaving medication that reverses an opioid overdose. It is a nasal spray or injection that will restore the normal breathing of someone who has overdosed on an opioid and stopped breathing. Naloxone will work within 1-2 minutes after administration and additional doses can be administered every 90 seconds if the person hasn’t started breathing again. Multiple doses of naloxone may be needed for high potency opioids such as fentanyl.

Why is it put in other pills or drugs?

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Why is it put in other pills or drugs?

Fentanyl is very cheap to produce and when mixed with other substances (such as MDMA, cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine) and put in counterfeit pills (illicit opioid pain pills such as oxycodone, morphine, norco, Vicodin), it can increase potency and euphoria.

Why is it so dangerous?

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Why is it so dangerous?

Fentanyl is more potent than other opioids, even in small quantities. A few grains of fentanyl can cause death from an overdose, and because it is colorless and odorless, it is difficult to detect without testing.