Naloxone Distribution Project

The Naloxone Distribution Project (NDP) aims to reduce opioid overdose deaths through the provision of free naloxone, in its nasal spray formulation. Entities can apply to DHCS to have naloxone shipped directly to their address.

The program started October 1, 2018, and hundreds of applications have been received. Eligible entities include:

  • Law enforcement such as police departments, county jails and probation;
  • Fire, EMS and first responders;
  • Schools and universities;
  • County public health and behavioral health departments; and
  • Community organizations such as harm reduction organizations or community opioid coalitions.

Apply here to receive free naloxone.

Update on the Naloxone Distribution Program

Since it began in October 2018, the NDP has:

  • Approved more than 1,700 applications for naloxone
  • Distributed more than 450,000 units of naloxone
  • Reversed more than 19,000 opioid overdoses

The figures below show the types of organizations that have received naloxone, as well as opioid overdoses and approved naloxone by county per population. Learn more about the impact of the NDP in this slide deck. 

Figure 1. Opioid Overdoses and Approved Naloxone by County


Figure 2. NDP Applications by Type of Organization

Figure 3. Naloxone Units by Type of Organization

Figure 4. Reported Naloxone Reversal by Type of Organization

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