Get Naloxone in Clay County
Naloxone is a life-saving medication that can reverse an overdose from opioids—including heroin, fentanyl, and prescription opioid medications—when given in time. Naloxone is easy to use and small to carry.
There are two forms of naloxone that anyone can use without medical training or authorization: prefilled nasal spray and injectable. Clay County Public Health Center now offers a distribution box where members of the community can pick up a box of the nasal spray version of naloxone, a medication with the brand name of Narcan.
Please read through the Frequently Asked Questions listed below for all the information you need to know about getting free Narcan at CCPHC.
This harm-prevention effort is made possible through coordination and funding from the Missouri Institute of Mental Health (MIMH), Missouri Department of Mental Health, Clay County government and the Clay County Opioid Task Force.
- Who can get Narcan at Clay County Public Health Center?
Typically, Narcan is a great thing to carry and keep at home if you or someone you know is at increased risk for opioid overdose, especially those struggling with opioid use disorder (OUD) or those who are taking high-dose opioid medications.
Anyone can pick up Narcan at CCPHC, regardless of where you live or why you need it.
Please note that this box is for individual community members, not for people who wish to take multiple doses to distribute to others (see the question below regarding getting more than one dose).
The box operates on a system of trust that community members grab an appropriate amount of Narcan and will not tamper with the items in and around the box.
- How do I get Narcan at Clay County Public Health Center?
To pick up your free box of Narcan, you must first come to Clay County Public Health Center’s building at 800 Haines Drive, Liberty, MO 64068 during our regular business hours. These hours are typically 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
After entering through the front doors, look ahead and to the left. Near the door to the Rodgers Health clinic, a white metal box should be seen against the wall. This is the self-serve Narcan distribution box.
Grab one box of Narcan from inside the metal box and one plastic bag of information from the top of the metal box.
- How many doses can I get?
We ask that everyone only grabs one box per visit. Each box contains two doses.
- How much does it cost to get Narcan from CCPHC?
There is no cost. Everyone can pick up one box for free.
- How do I use/administer Narcan?
When you grab a Narcan box from inside the box, make sure to also grab an information bag from the top of the box.
These zip-locked bags contain:
- Instructions for how to administer Narcan
- 911 Good Samaritan Law information
- Recovery community centers
- Treatment agencies
- A QR code for reporting the usage of Narcan
- Mouth-to-mouth resuscitation device with instructions
You can also find videos and trainings on administering naloxone on the following websites:
- What precautions are in place to prevent children from accessing the Narcan?
The CCPHC building has numerous children in its lobby every day. We want to assure everyone that there are several barriers in place that would make it hard for a child to access and ingest the medicine.
The distribution box has a heavy spring-loaded door. The Narcan doses are inside a sealed box and then inside the box, each dose is in a blister pack that must be peeled open. Even in the worse-case scenario of a child being able to get through all these barriers and administer Narcan to themselves, the medication would ultimately not cause them any harm.
- What if I want more than one box of Narcan so that I can share through my job or community group?
If you would like to get Narcan for an agency or organization like a school, faith-based organization, office, community center, fire/police department, etc., please do not grab from the CCPHC box.
- What are other options for accessing naloxone?
Other area health departments offer Narcan at their locations. The Cass County Health Department has a similar distribution box and at Platte County Health Department or the Wyandotte County Health Department, you can ask the front desk.
NEXT Distro is an online and mail-based harm reduction service designed to reduce opioid overdose deaths, prevent injection-related disease transmission, and improve the lives of people who use drugs. Through the website, you can request injectable intramuscular naloxone or Narcan nasal spray to be mailed to your home if you are unable to access naloxone locally.
There may be more ways to access naloxone across Clay County in the future, as part of the efforts of a local task force focused on reducing opioid-related deaths in the county.
- How should naloxone be stored?
Store naloxone at controlled room temperature 68 °F to 77 °F. Temperature excursions are permitted between 41 °F and 104 °F. Do not freeze or expose Naloxone to excessive heat above 104 °F.
- How can I learn more about naloxone and stopping drug overdose?
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has easy-to-understand information and FAQs about these topics. We encourage you to visit their website and explore the webpages under Stop Overdose for tons of helpful information about this topic that impacts many in our community.
You can also find opioid and overdose prevention resources for a variety of audiences on Clay County Public Health Center’s website.