Where Can I Get Naloxone in DC?
The Department of Behavioral Health makes naloxone, a life-saving medication used to reverse an opioid-related drug overdose, widely available and easy to get in pharmacies and community sites across the District of Columbia.
NARCAN©, the naloxone brand most widely used in the District, comes in a nasal spray that is easy to use. You do not need to have a medical license to carry or administer naloxone to someone in need. Below is a short video on how to use naloxone. District laws, commonly known as “Good Samaritan Laws,” provide protection against charges of drug paraphernalia and drug possession when seeking help for someone who is overdosing. Good Samaritan Laws also protect people, including people who are not licensed health care providers, from medical malpractice when providing help in a medical emergency.
- Naloxone is available in every ward in the District, at no cost and no ID or prescription.
- If you are unable to pick up naloxone at one of the sites below, you can text LiveLongDC to 888-811 and an outreach worker will deliver it within two business days.*
*Naloxone can only be mailed or delivered to addresses in the District of Columbia.
Widespread distribution of naloxone is a life-saving strategy in the District’s plan, LIVE.LONG.DC, to reduce opioid use, misuse and related deaths. Recovery from opioid and other substance use disorders is possible with effective treatment and supports. Learn more here.
Naloxone Pick-Up Sites
- Grubb’s NW Specialty Pharmacy
1517 17th St NW
- Walgreens #15360
801 7th St NW
- Family and Medical Counseling Service, Inc. (FMCS)
2041 Martin Luther King Jr Ave SE, 3rd Floor
Treatment for Substance Use Disorders
Are you or some you know facing challenges with opioid or other substance use disorders? Help is available. Recovery is possible with effective treatment and supports. The Department of Behavioral Health makes it easy to get treatment that is tailored to your personal experience and life circumstances. Services include withdrawal management, treatment (including medication-assisted treatment), individual and group counseling, self-help and recovery activities, and residential treatment.
Department of Behavioral Health Access HelpLine
The Access HelpLine is at 1-888-7WE-HELP or 1-888-793-4357. This 24-hour, seven-day-a-week telephone line is staffed by behavioral health professionals who can help you locate a community-based provider that best fits your needs.
Community-Based Treatment Providers
Access to quality treatment is important for individuals as they make the decision to start or restart treatment. The Assessment and Referral Center (ARC) as well as DBH-certified providers provide same-day assessment and referral for individuals seeking treatment for opioids and other substances. DBH and other providers have qualified clinicians onsite to conduct a comprehensive assessment. Once the appropriate level of care is determined, an individual can choose from a list of certified providers for treatment that is tailored to his/her personal experience and life circumstances. Services include withdrawal management, treatment (including medication-assisted treatment), individual and group counseling, self-help and recovery activities, and residential treatment.
You can get linked to treatment by calling the Access HelpLine or visit the ARC Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., at 77 P Street NE, Washington, DC 20002. A list of hours for other providers can be found here.
Individuals can also receive medication for opioid use disorder (MOUD), such as buprenorphine and naltrexone, from other community providers including Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs). For a list of those providers by ward, visit this site.
Buprenorphine Drug Assistance Plan (BUP-DAP)
The Buprenorphine Drug Assistance Plan (BUP-DAP) provides access to medications used to treat opioid use disorder at 12 participating pharmacies for individuals who do not have health insurance, or their health insurance does not cover these medications. Buprenorphine, naltrexone, Suboxone, and naloxone are covered under this program for those with a valid prescription.
DC Health supports comprehensive harm reduction programs to keep our communities safe by preventing the spread of HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C, providing wound care, and connecting individuals to the health services they need at four licensed syringe service programs.
Recovery is possible. When you are ready to find recovery, MyRecoveryDC can help. It may not be easy, but this time it can be different—even if you’ve tried before. MyRecoveryDC, a program of DC Health, features the stories of men and women who have faced addiction. Visit MyRecoveryDC to be connected to a DBH-certified peer.
Safe Disposal Program
Safe and proper disposal of unused medications reduces the risk of harm from individuals or pets consuming medications that were not prescribed to them. Safe medication disposal also prevents medications from entering the water supply and harming aquatic life. There are ten safe disposal sites across the District where you can bring unused medications to safely dispose of them. Twice a year, the District is involved with National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. Please visit this site to see other locations where you can dispose safely of prescription medicine.