Gateway Health is funded by the Department of Health to provide free naloxone for people who require it.
Naloxone (commonly known as Narcan, Prenoxad or Nyxoid) is a medication that can reverse an opioid overdose.
Opioids include illegally obtained drugs such as heroin, or legal drugs prescribed for pain such as oxycodone and fentanyl.
You do not need to have a Medicare or Health Care Card to get naloxone for free. It can be provided to family members, friends or carers of people who are at risk of overdosing.
There are a few ways to get naloxone:
- Visit Gateway Health in Wodonga or Wangaratta for one or more of the following:
- Training regarding the administration of naloxone
- The preferred naloxone dose – Nyxoid spray and/or Prenoxad injection
- A naloxone subsidy and you can obtain it from a local pharmacy for free
- Visit your GP and they can provide you with a script for the preferred naloxone dose.
- If you are engaged with any service providers you can give them consent to contact us directly on your behalf.
Our staff can provide overdose response training and access to naloxone in an outreach capacity if required across the Ovens and Murray region.
You can contact one of our naloxone staff at Gateway Health:
- Wangaratta – Phone 03 5723 2000
- Wodonga – Phone 02 6022 8888 or Freecall 1800 657 573
- Email AODadmin@gatewayhealth.org.au