Not usually. You can get Naloxone without a prescription at any pharmacy. Just ask the pharmacist for it.
How Do I Use Naloxone?
We highly recommend getting training to administer Naloxone here. It's online and it's free. Just like with CPR, it is important that you get the training in advance - so that in an overdose situation you know what to do without panicking.
What Types of Naloxone Exist
Naloxone comes in several forms which have different benefits in terms of how easy they are to use to help reverse an overdose. Whatever type you choose - make sure that you read the instructions and watch some training videos now, so you'll be prepared.
Each also costs a different amount. Many insurance companies cover Naloxone - in that case you will often need a prescription from an in-person doctor or HeyDoctor.
Narcan Nasal Spray
You can read more about Narcan nasal spray here. It is one of the most common forms of naloxone and comes as a spray that you squirt in the nose of someone who is having an opioid overdose. It usually costs about $140.
This is usually the lowest cost form of naloxone at about $20 - $30, but it can be a little harder to use than the nasal spray. Depending on the pharmacy it can come as a nasal spray that you have to load up, or as something that you inject into muscle (like a shot).
This is the most expensive option - but also one of the easiest to use. The price can vary a lot but from the manufacturer it's $ 90 - $200 if you qualify for their savings program. It is like an EpiPen in that it automatically injects the medicine and it also has voice instructions that explain what to do while you are using it.