Naloxone (Narcan) Training and Distribution

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Stay Safe and Healthy Newport Beach!

The City of Newport Beach is committed to providing public health resources to keep our community safe. Opioid overdoses can be serious and life threatening. 

Naloxone, commonly known by the brand name Narcan, is a medication that can quickly reverse overdoses from substances, such as fentanyl, opiate prescription medications and accidental poisonings from illicitly produced drugs.

Naloxone nasal spray is easy to use, works almost immediately and is not addictive. It causes no harmful side effects to anyone not experiencing an opioid overdose. Good Samaritan laws protect those who administer Narcan to someone experiencing a health emergency.


With funding from a nationwide settlement agreement with Janssen Pharmaceuticals, the City is distributing free Naloxone kits to local bars, restaurants, hotels and other businesses upon request.

Business owners are encouraged to call the Newport Beach Fire Department at 949-644-3355 to obtain free Naloxone kits and training materials.


1. Recognize and Evaluate Person for Signs of an Opioid Overdose

  • Small, constricted “pinpoint” pupils
  • Unresponsive
  • Breathing is slow, shallow, stopped, or may be noisy
  • Cool, pale, clammy skin
  • Limp body
  • Blue or purple-ish lips/skin
  • Vomiting, choking or gurgling
  • Slow heartbeat 

2. Call 911 While Locating Narcan Spray

  • A person experiencing an opioid overdose requires immediate medical attention.
  • Call 911 and tell them someone is unresponsive and/or not breathing and may be experiencing an overdose.
  • The 911 operator will ask you questions as they dispatch Newport Beach Police and Fire personnel to your location.
  • Follow dispatch instructions, which may include the need for CPR.
  • Provide location details to ensure a quick response.
  • Have someone meet public safety responders to guide them to your location.

3. Administer Narcan Spray

  • Lay person on their back.
  • PEEL – PLACE – PRESS: Peel open Narcan, with and under the back of the neck, place in a nostril and press the plunger.
  • Multiple doses may be given 2 to 3 minutes apart if needed.

4. Post Narcan Administration

  • Stay with the person experiencing the overdose until emergency assistance arrives.
  • If breathing (but not fully awake), lay the person on their side to prevent choking.
  • If the person’s breathing slows again, or if overdose symptoms reappear or do not noticeably improve, readminister Naloxone 2 to 3 minutes after first dose.

5. Person Stops Breathing or Does Not Have a Pulse

  • Lay person on their back and start CPR.
  • Use hard and fast compressions on the center of chest, keeping arms extended.
  • You may readminister Naloxone prior to starting CPR, if readily available and does not significantly delay initiation of CPR.