How do I get naloxone?
Any person who asks for naloxone from a pharmacy for themselves or to help a person experiencing an opioid overdose can purchase naloxone, with or without a prescription (click here for Missouri’s standing order). However, this does not necessarily mean that every pharmacy will stock naloxone so we suggest calling your local pharmacy to make sure they have it.
To get naloxone from a pharmacy without a prescription:
- Call to make sure the pharmacy stocks naloxone.
- At the pharmacy, go to the prescription drop off window and ask to speak with a pharmacist about naloxone. While every pharmacy has their own protocol, the pharmacist must provide overdose education (overdose risk factors, how to recognize and respond to an overdose, and how to use naloxone) when dispensing naloxone.
- The pharmacy may be able to bill your insurance, even without a prescription. While most insurances will cover at least some of the cost of naloxone, every insurance plan has different billing requirements. Your pharmacist can contact your insurance company to discuss any payment questions.
For individuals looking for free naloxone:
A limited supply of naloxone is available for free through:
Prevent+Ed (formerly NCADA) is a non-profit community health organization that provides individual assessments, treatment referrals, community awareness and other services aimed to reduce and prevent the harms of alcohol and other drug use. Call 314-962-3456 or send an e-mail request to firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a time to meet with a counselor for free naloxone (including a brief training on how to administer).
Prevent+Ed has two offices (open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m):
9355 Olive Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63132
Franklin County Office
3033 Highway A, Suite 102
Washington, MO 63090
MONetwork is a non-profit outreach center located in St. Louis City that offers an open-door harm reduction-based approach to providing assistance to those affected by substance use and their families. Free naloxone is available daily Monday-Friday 10-5 or Saturday and Sunday 12-6.
Missouri Network for Opiate Reform and Recovery
4022 S. Broadway
St. Louis, MO 63118
844-Rebel Up (844-732-3587)
“The T is a health education and resource center in the East Loop of Delmar Blvd in St. Louis, Missouri. We are an organization of health professionals and volunteers working together to provide support to those who are recovering from the impact of Trauma. Whether it is a bullet, opiates, COVID19 or homelessness, we believe that with the right training, support, supplies and community, YOU have the power to heal yourself.”
5874 Delmar Blvd
St. Louis, MO 63112
The Missouri State Opioid Response (STR/SOR) Grant has provided the following recovery community centers (in addition to MONetwork) with naloxone, as well as OUD recovery support services:
Naloxone is available to anyone who requests it.
Monday – Friday from 8 am-4:30pm. No appointment necessary. Just ask lobby staff for naloxone or Narcan. No ID required.
Saint Louis County Department of Public Health Locations:
North Central Community Health Center
4000 Jennings Station Road
Pine Lawn, MO 63121
John C. Murphy Health Center (Berkeley)
6121 North Hanley Road
Berkeley, MO 63134
South County Health Center (Sunset Hills)
4580 South Lindbergh Blvd
Sunset Hills, MO 63127
For additional information, please contact email@example.com.
A staff member will provide a rescue kit after going over the signs & symptoms of an opioid overdose and how to use Narcan.
If you are unable to get naloxone locally, you may be able to get it mailed to you (click here):
“NEXT Distro works to get naloxone to people who use drugs and the folks who are the most likely to be a first responder in an opioid overdose emergency. For that reason we ask that if you are not a person who uses drugs and if you are not likely to be a first responder, please access supplies in your community. In addition, we do not supply service organizations, police departments, or other funded entities.”
For organizations looking for free naloxone:
Community health centers, free and charitable clinics, public health departments, federally qualified health centers, and other nonprofit providers nationwide may be eligible to receive intramuscular naloxone through Direct Relief (DirectRelief.org, 1-800-676-1638)
The SOR team at UMSL-MIMH is able to provide a limited amount of no-cost naloxone to organizations that serve uninsured individuals at risk of witnessing and/or experience an overdose. If your agency is in need of more naloxone, please provide the below information in an email addressed to the new naloxone request email: noMOdeaths@mimh.edu.
Please include the following information in your request:
- An estimate of how many uninsured individuals at risk of overdose you serve monthly
- Your preference for receiving full kits (drawstring bag, one way breathing masks, printed materials, and naloxone) OR just naloxone
- Your willingness to accept intramuscular naloxone (a vial and syringe)
- The mailing address including the correct person to ATTN the package to and their phone number
**Please note – the SOR team receives many naloxone requests and are working diligently trying to keep up while working remotely. Thank you in advance for your patience as they strive to get this life-saving medication to you all as quickly as possible.