Photo of Narcan with text "Naloxone / Narcan"

What is Narcan?

Narcan is a brand name of naloxone, an opioid antagonist. Further, Narcan is a non-narcotic lifesaving prescription drug that reverses fatal opioid overdose by blocking opioid receptor sites in the brain. Common opioids include fentanyl, heroin, morphine, codeine and oxycodone. Naloxone can be given by intranasal spray, intramuscular injection or auto-injector. Free Narcan Nasal Spray is available on campus.

Who should consider obtaining Narcan?

If you or a loved one has an opioid prescription, or is struggling with opioid/opiate use, you can consider obtaining Narcan. Narcan can be used by the opioid user or administered by a friend/family member who is concerned about a loved one. A friend/family member who is close to someone struggling with opioid use may choose to keep Narcan on hand for situations in which they discover their loved one experiencing an overdose.

Anyone obtaining any illicit substance (e.g., prescription medication purchased from the internet) may also consider keeping Narcan on hand. There has been an increase in substances laced with opioids. Folks using these substances can unknowingly suffer from an opioid overdose. 

What is the procedure to obtain Narcan at UC Davis?

Students interested in obtaining free Narcan can do so at the following locations.

Extended Hours Mass Distribution Locations – Coming Soon! 

Other locations with a small supply available

  • Health Education and Promotion (HEP)
    • Obtain at front desk 
  • Center for Chicanx and Latinx Academic Student Success Center (El Centro)
  • LGBTQIA+ Resource Center
    • Located in the private mini-pantry 
  • Aggie Compass Basic Needs Center
  • Women's Resources and Research Center
    • Located in the resource pantry 
  • Cross Cultural Center
  • Undocumented Student Resource Center
  • Student Disability Center   

MAP of locations – coming soon!

Anyone obtaining Narcan is encouraged to follow the following two steps:

1. Watch the 11 minute “Responding to an Opioid Overdose”  California Department of Public Health (CDPH) online video. 

2. Help us keep this important resource by filling out our 3-minute evaluation. Thank you!


SHCS Pharmacy – please stop by and talk to our pharmacists as needed, students do not need to go through the consultation process if they only wish to ask questions. 

Interested in Free Trainings? 

  1. National Harm Reduction Coalition Training:

  1. Get Naloxone Now module: