Campus Naloxone (Narcan) Distribution Program

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Naloxone is a medication used to rapidly reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. It is an opioid antagonist which means that it attaches to opioid receptors and reverses or blocks the effects of opioids. Examples of opioids include heroin, fentanyl, oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, and morphine.

Free Narcan Available on TXST Campuses

TXST faculty, staff, and students can access free Narcan on campus at the following locations:

San Marcos

  • Student Health Center: Cashier Window in Lobby
  • Student Recreation Center: Check-in Counter at Main Entrance
  • Alkek Library: "Ask Us” Counter at Main Entrance

Round Rock

  • Avery Building: Student Success and Academic Services Office in Avery Building, Room #201

Persons requesting free Narcan are not required to provide their name or other information to obtain the medication. A maximum of two doses may be requested per week.

Note: Naloxone (Narcan) nasal spray was approved for over-the-counter sale by the FDA in March 2023. No prescription is needed. It is available at most CVS and Walgreens pharmacies, as well as HEB.

Recognizing Opioid Overdose

An opioid overdose may lead to symptoms that may resemble other medical emergencies such as alcohol poisoning or overdose of sedatives. So, learning to recognize the symptoms of opioid overdose is important.

Classic signs of opioid overdose include:

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Pinpoint (tiny) pupils

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Loss of consciousness

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Problems breathing or not breathing at all

Other signs of opioid overdose may include:

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Blue or purplish fingernails or lips

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Limp extremities

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Vomiting or gurgling sounds

Treating Opioid Overdose

If you suspect a person is a victim of opioid overdose, you should:

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Call 911

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Begin CPR or rescue breathing if the person is not breathing but has a pulse

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Administer nasal Naxolone (Narcan) - 1 or 2 doses if needed

Naloxone can rapidly reverse the overdose effects and restore normal breathing. However, Naloxone is effective for only 30-60 minutes. So, emergency care is still important to ensure that the victim of an overdose does not revert to their overdose state.

Administering Naloxone to a person who may be suffering from alcohol poisoning or sedative overdose will not harm them—but it will also not help them. Calling 911 to request emergency services is critical.

How to Use Naloxone/Narcan

Administering Naloxone is quick and easy.

Watch the video to learn how to use this life-saving medication.

Protection for Those Rendering Aid

Texas law protects a person who in good faith is trying to render aid to someone who may be suffering from an opioid overdose. Texas Health and Safety Code, Section 483.106, regarding administration of an opioid antagonist states “A person who, acting in good faith and with reasonable care, administers or does not administer an opioid antagonist to another person whom the person believes is suffering an opioid-related drug overdose is not subject to criminal prosecution, sanction under any professional licensing statute, or civil liability, for an act or omission resulting from the administration of or failure to administer the opioid antagonist”.