Iowas who want to be prepared in the event they encounter someone experiencing an opioid overdose can now obtain free naloxone (Narcan nasal spray) through the statewide Tele-Naloxone Project. The Tele-Naloxone project is a partnership between the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC). The project hopes to remove the barriers of cost and access for individuals.

Individuals wanting to obtain naloxone participate in a brief consultation with a UIHC pharmacist using a mobile phone platform. Then, free kit(s) is mailed to the individual anywhere in the state. 

Naloxone is safe and easy to use, but most importantly, it may save a life in the event of an opioid overdose. For more information and to order naloxone, visit

  • ASK the person if he or she is okay and shout their name.
  • SHAKE their shoulders and firmly rub the middle of their chest.
  • CHECK for signs of opioid overdose: They will not wake up or respond to your voice or touch; breathing is very slow, irregular, or has stopped; and “pinpoint pupils.”
  • REMOVE Narcan Nasal Spray from the box
  • HOLD the Narcan nasal spray with your thumb on the bottom of the plunger, and your first and middle fingers on either side of the nozzle.
  • GENTLY insert the tip of the nozzle into either nostril. Tilt the person’s head back and provide support under the neck with your hand.
  • PRESS the plunger firmly to give the dose of Narcan Nasal Spray.
  • GET emergency medical help right away. Move the person on their side after giving Narcan Nasal Spray.
  • WATCH the person closely. If the person does not wake up to your voice or touch or not breathing normally, another dose may be given. Narcan Nasal Spray may be dosed every 2 to 3 minutes.

If you or a loved one is experiencing problems with substances, contact Sieda Behavioral Health and Treatment Services at 641-683-6747.

Suzette Van Vark, LMHC, LMSW, IADC
Director of Behavioral Health & Treatment Services
Sieda Community Action