Treatment and Naloxone Available Statewide

Drug Overdose Deaths Continue to Increase in Nevada

Carson City May 04, 2022

As part of an ongoing effort to prevent drug overdose deaths in Nevada, the Division of Public and Behavioral Health (DPBH) and the Nevada Overdose Data to Action (OD2A) program announce that the potentially life-saving medication Naloxone is available without a prescription statewide and free to all Nevadans.

The Nevada State Unintentional Drug Overdose Reporting System (SUDORS) reported that the rate of accidental drug overdose deaths among Nevadans has seen a 20% increase from January 2020 to June 2021. This report showed that two-thirds of the deaths involved an opioid, over half of the deaths involved a stimulant such as methamphetamine or cocaine, and a quarter of deaths involved an opioid and stimulant together. According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), opioids are a class of drugs that include the illegal drug heroin, synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, and pain relievers available legally by prescription, such as oxycodone (OxyContin®), hydrocodone (Vicodin®), codeine, morphine, and many others.

Fatal overdose from opioids is avoidable with the use of the opioid antagonist Naloxone which rapidly reverses an opioid overdose. The medication is safe to use in the case of a suspected overdose and is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

“Overdose deaths in Nevada continue to climb,” said Elyse Monroy, OD2A Program Manager with UNR. “And the State’s SUDORS data tells us that some of the people who unintentionally died by overdose in 2021 may have had a missed intervention point. Overdosing doesn’t have to be fatal. Access to treatment services and harm reduction supports can help curb overdose fatalities.”

The Division of Public and Behavioral Health (DPBH) supports Nevada's treatment and harm reduction services through, powered by OpenBeds, to help people find substance treatment or mental health support. The OD2A program encourages all Nevadans to learn about these life-saving resources, and if an overdose occurs, call 9-1-1 immediately. Nevada’s Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act of 2015 (NRS 453C.120) protects persons seeking medical treatment for themselves and encourages bystanders to give emergency assistance to someone who may be overdosing on opioids without fear of prosecution.

The Nevada State Opioid Response grant supports statewide Naloxone distribution. Information about Naloxone and training to use the opioid antagonist can be found through

Nevadans are encouraged to reach out to the following resources if they are looking for Naloxone or treatment resources:

Crisis Support Services of Nevada
Call: 1-800-273-8255
Text: CARE to 839863

NAMI Peer Support Warmline

National Drug Helpline


Dawn Cribb
Public Information Officer, Division of Public and Behavioral Health