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FREE Narcan® Kit

COVID-19 Update

Our offices are currently closed to visitors. If you are in need of Narcan, please call (610) 376-8669 | Ext. 124 to arrange a time to pick up a kit.

Narcan® is a brand name for the drug naloxone, a medication that can reverse an overdose caused by an opioid drug (i.e. prescription pain medication or heroin). When administered during an overdose, naloxone blocks the effects of opioids on the brain and restores breathing within two to eight minutes. Naloxone has been used safely by emergency medical professionals for more than 40 years and has only one function: to reverse the effects of opioids on the brain and respiratory system in order to prevent death.

Our kits include Narcan® Nasal Spray. Narcan® is a brand name for the drug naloxone.

You must be a Berks County resident to receive the Narcan® Kit from COCA. For more information please contact: Brian Kammerer at  |  (610) 376-8669  |  Ext. 109.

Steps for Receiving a Free Narcan® Kit:

  1. VISIT the COCA office at 601 Penn Street, Suite 600 (6th Floor), Reading, PA 19601 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The elevators in the building require a card to access the 6th floor. Please let the security guard know you would like to visit COCA.
  2. MEET with a COCA staff member for a brief opioid overdose recognition and response training, OR present a certificate of completion from one of these online trainings: Get Naloxone Now or Pennsylvania Virtual Training Network.
  3. RECEIVE your Naloxone Overdose Prevention kit.

Located outside Berks County?

Mail-based naloxone services are now available for PA residents.

Learn more

Understanding what puts a person at risk and how to prevent an overdose could save a life.

In recent years, there has been a significant increase in deaths resulting from heroin and prescription drug use. In fact, it has been reported that for people ages 25-64, drug overdose causes more deaths per year than motor vehicle accidents. Opioids – prescription and illicit – are the main driver of drug overdose deaths. In the United States, opioids were involved in 47,600 deaths in 2017, accounting for 68.7% of all drug overdose deaths.

Opioids include illegal drugs such as heroin, as well as prescription medications used to treat pain such as morphine, codeine, methadone, oxycodone (OxyContin®, Percodan®, Percocet®), hydrocodone (Vicodin®, Lortab®, Norco®), fentanyl (Duragesic®, Fentora®), hydromorphone (Dilaudid®, Exalgo®), and buprenorphine (Subutex®, Suboxone®).

Good Samaritan Law/ACT 139

The Good Samaritan Law (PA Act 139) provides immunity from minor drug-related offenses for those individuals who report an overdose. This encourages bystanders to call for help without fear of prosecution for minor drug possession and paraphernalia. For more information about Act 139 visit the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs website.

The Council on Chemical Abuse provides free Narcan Training to Berks County individuals and organizations. Contact us to schedule a time today!

Additional related links: 

SAMHSA Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit