Naloxone Opioid Overdose Reversal Medication

Naloxone, also known by the brand name Narcan, is a lifesaving medication that blocks opioid receptor sites to quickly reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. Naloxone is safe and effective, and has no potential for abuse. It’s also very easy to administer either intra-nasally or via intra-muscular injection, and requires just a few minutes of training from a doctor or pharmacist. 

CVS Health has worked to expand access to naloxone without individual prescriptions in 48 states. CVS Pharmacists are able to dispense naloxone to patients without an individual prescription under statewide protocols that give pharmacists prescriptive authority to dispense naloxone.

CVS Pharmacy now dispenses naloxone to patients without an individual prescription in these 48 states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

Naloxone States

Naloxone availability across the United States


CVS Pharmacy patients in 48 states now have access to the opioid overdose-reversal drug, naloxone.

Follow our commitment to drug abuse prevention as we increase access to the life-saving opioid overdose reversal drug.