Opioid Overdose Prevention

Opioid overdoses don’t have to be fatal

Narcan is an emergency overdose reversal medication that anyone in Missouri can legally purchase and possess. When administered properly, it can instantly revive someone who is experiencing an overdose and buy time until medical help arrives. Narcan can be purchased at some pharmacies without a prescription. NCADA also has a supply of Narcan which is available for free. If you need Narcan, please call (314) 962-3456 and schedule a time to meet with one of our counselors. You will receive brief training about how to use Narcan, and two doses, all at no-cost to you.

Opioids are a class of drug that include prescriptions like Percocet and Oxycontin, as well as illegal substances like heroin. When misused, opioids are very dangerous. With greater understanding, we can reduce the likelihood of fatal overdoses and save lives.

Risk factors for an opioid overdose:

  • Recreational use of opioids
  • Mixing opioids with other prescriptions, alcohol, or other illegal substances
  • Using opioids from a new source or in a new location
  • Use of opioids after a period of abstinence

Signs of an opioid overdose:

  • Shallow or no breathing
  • Pinpoint pupils
  • Blue/Gray lips or fingernails
  • Cold and clammy skin

Steps to prevent an opioid overdose:

  • Contact NCADA to talk to a counselor about referral to treatment
  • Never use when alone
  • Be extra careful after a period of abstinence
  • Never mix opioids with alcohol or other substances
  • Have Narcan available
  • Make sure others know how to administer Narcan


Call 314-962-3456 or send an e-mail request to

If you suspect someone is experiencing an overdose, administer Narcan and call 911 immediately.

Remember: recovery is possible. Treatment works.

MO-HOPE Project

mohopelogoThe Missouri Opioid-Heroin Overdose Prevention and Education (MO-HOPE) Project is a partnership between the Missouri Department of Mental Health, Missouri Institute for Mental Health – University of Missouri St. Louis, and NCADA. Our goal is to reduce opioid overdose deaths in the eastern region of Missouri through expanded access to prevention, public awareness, assessment, referral to treatment, overdose education and naloxone for those at risk of experiencing or witnessing an overdose event. Visit to learn more.