It is critical that we are educated on overdose prevention. There are laws that protect those who report an overdose, as well as over-the-counter overdose prevention medication.
The following fact sheet explains how 911 Good Samaritan laws can save lives. These laws are federal, and apply to 20 states, including Washington DC. These laws protect people from arrest and prosecution for drug possession when they call 911 to report an overdose. (Updated 2-10-16 by the Drug Policy Alliance) [PDF: Click to View the Fact Sheet]
Naloxone (Narcan®) is an over-the-counter prescription medicine that reverses an opioid overdose. It cannot be used to get high and is not addictive. Bystanders can safely and legally spray naloxone into the nose. You can purchase naloxone for around $50 at a pharmacy near you. In Snohomish and King County in Washington State, you can visit one of the following pharmacies to purchase this life-saving medication (click one of the locations to see contact information):
Costco Pharmacies: Tukwila, Issaquah, Woodinville
Kelley-Ross Pharmacy at the Polyclinic, Seattle
Robert Clewis Center, Seattle
People's Harm Reduction Alliance, Seattle
South King County Mobile Medical Unit, South King County
Bellegrove Pharmacy, Woodinville
AIDS Outreach Project/Snohomish Syringe Exchange, Everett
Costco Pharmacy, Marysville
Haggen Pharmacy, Marysville
Pavilion Pharmacy, Swedish Edmonds Hospital
Providence Pharmacy, Monroe
QFC Pharmacy, Stanwood
Walgreens in Marysville, Everett (Evergreen Way and Broadway), Lynnwood
Tulalip Clinical Pharmacy (for both tribal and general community members)
If you need a list of pharmacies in other counties, please click here.
If you or someone you know is in an emotional crisis, please do not hesitate to reach out for help. It's very important that you take someone's cries for help seriously. The following resources are free, available 24/7, and completely confidential.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: (800) 273-8255 or TEXT “GO” TO 741-741
24-HOUR CRISIS LINE: 866-4-CRISIS (866-427-4747)
WA RECOVERY HELP LINE: 866-789-1511 (24/7)
TEEN LINK: 866-833-6546