Indiana University Bloomington

Indiana Prevention Resource Center (IPRC)

Naloxone & Aaron's Law

Drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the United States, and opioid addiction is the leading factor of this epidemic. Naloxone (or NarcanTM) is used as an opiate antagonist which can reverse an opiate overdose. Similar to the mechanism that occurs when an epinephrine injection is used to reverse an allergic reaction, Naloxone works by blocking the effects of opioids on the central nervous system and reversing the consequences of an overdose. Naloxone has no potential for abuse, meaning it will not produce a high if not used as indicated. It is only effective if opioids are present in the body. Previously, Indiana law only allowed emergency personnel (EMT, EMS, fire department, law enforcement, paramedic, etc.) to carry and administer Naloxone. “Aaron’s Law” (passed in 2015) allows Indiana residents to obtain a prescription for Naloxone if they believe a friend or family member is at risk for an overdose.