Mississippi State Department of Health

What to Do in Case of an Overdose


Call 911 as soon as possible. A quick response is essential, especially in rural areas where emergency response time may be longer. Remain calm and try to answer the operator’s questions to the best of your ability. Never be afraid to call, even if you are overdosing or doing drugs.

Mississippi has a Good Samaritan law to protect people who call in case of an overdose for themselves or another person. This law does not protect people who are dealing drugs or who have a large amount of drugs in their possession.

What Not to Do

If you are trying to help someone who may have overdosed, or is unconscious from taking drugs:

Naloxone: An Overdose Antidote

Naloxone, also known as Narcan® and Kloxxado®, is the only antidote to opioid poisoning or an opioid overdose.

Naloxone should be given to any person who shows signs of an opioid overdose or when an overdose is suspected.

Mississippi is in the process of ensuring that all the state’s emergency services have it on hand and know how to administer it.

Pharmacists can dispense naloxone to you without a prescription from a doctor or other medical practitioner.
Read the statewide standing order »

Naloxone is also available at no cost from the Mississippi State Department of Health, mailed directly to your home.

How to Get Naloxone

Naloxone can reverse an overdose from opioids, including heroin, fentanyl and prescription opioid medications..

Pharmacists can now dispense prescription naloxone directly to the public on request, or it can be purchased over the counter (OTC). The MSDH Public Health Pharmacy can also dispense naloxone to you by mail at no cost to you. No visit to a physician or other medical provider is required.

How to get naloxone:

If you or someone you know is at an increased risk for opioid overdose, you should carry naloxone and keep it at home.

Learn More

Links referenced on this page
Naloxone,    https://odfree.org/naloxone/
Read the statewide standing order »    https://www.mbp.ms.gov/news/naloxone
by mail    https://odfree.org/get-naloxone/
More about naloxone and how to get it    https://odfree.org/get-naloxone/
Store and dispose of prescription drugs safely    http://msdh.ms.gov/page/44,0,382,824.html ok
Mississippi's opioid epidemic    http://msdh.ms.gov/page/44,0,382.html ok

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