Opioid Overdose Prevention

Where to Get Narcan

Narcan (the brand name for naloxone) is a medication that reverses opioid overdoses. Just like knowing CPR, carrying and administering Narcan can potentially save a life. The City and County of Broomfield is providing Narcan at no cost to help prevent fatal opioid overdoses in our community. Residents can pick up Narcan easily and anonymously. Whether you're a family member of someone who uses opioids, someone who uses substances at parties, or someone who wants to have it just in case, you can pick up Narcan for free at the below locations - no questions asked.

Broomfield Library

Location: Pick up at the Information Desks at the Broomfield Library at 3 Community Park Rd, Broomfield.
Hours: Anytime the library is open: Monday - Thursday 9 a.m. - 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. -  5 p.m., and Sunday 1 - 5 p.m.
Additional Information: You will receive an educational handout with your Narcan.

Broomfield Municipal Courts

Location: Broomfield Combined Court at 17 Descombes Dr, Broomfield
Hours: Monday - Friday 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Additional Information: You will receive an educational handout with your Narcan. In order to enter the building, you will need to go through a metal detector. Locate or ask for the Community Navigator's office. After you go through the metal detector, turn right and proceed to the end of the hall toward Municipal Courts to find the Community Navigator's office. You do not need to provide identification and you will not be asked why you are at the Courts building.

For a list of additional locations that you can access naloxone, including pharmacies and The Refuge, visit StopTheClockColorado.org.

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Opioids are a class of drugs that are considered to be highly addictive. They can be prescribed for pain (like methadone, oxycodone - Oxycontin, hydrocodone - Vicodin, and morphine), or they can be illicit drugs for non-medical use prohibited by law (heroin, or mixed into ecstasy or cocaine). 

Opioids bind with opioid receptors in the brain to:

  • Relieve pain
  • Relieve withdrawal
  • Produce feelings of mental and/or physical comfort
  • Cause side effects such as constipation, drowsiness, and respiratory depression, which can cause the heart to stop

Fentanyl is a highly potent, fast-acting synthetic opioid. Fentanyl can be 50 times stronger than heroin and 100 times stronger than morphine. There are two types of fentanyl: pharmaceutical fentanyl and illicitly manufactured fentanyl. Both are considered synthetic opioids. Pharmaceutical fentanyl is prescribed by doctors to treat severe pain, especially after surgery and for advanced-stage cancer.

However, most recent cases of fentanyl-related overdose are linked to illicitly manufactured fentanyl, which is distributed through illegal drug markets for its heroin-like effect. It is often added to other drugs because of its extreme potency, which makes drugs cheaper, more powerful, more addictive, and more dangerous.