Trystereo is a volunteer-run harm reduction collective founded in 2011.We are a free, mobile public health resource for people who use drugs in southeastern Louisiana.

 OVERDOSE PREVENTION

What We Offer

Naloxone aka Narcan

Naloxone is a safe, easy-to-use antidote to overdose from heroin or other opioids. Successful delivery of naloxone saves the life of someone overdosing, and it does not take advanced medical training to learn how to administer it. 

Although naloxone has been used in emergency settings for decades, it is rarely available at that critical moment when people need it most. To maximize its lifesaving potential, harm reduction advocates support “community or peer provision"—placing naloxone in the hands of those who are most likely to witness an overdose and respond first: opioid users, their families, and friends. Training more people in this basic first aid response, can help avoid death: it is as simple as that.

Treatment Options

Treatment referrals are made on a case by case basis, centering each person’s self-determination to find health-affirming and quality care. Trystereo’s regional resource guides are uniquely well-researched and -developed and include information on drug treatment centers and other healthcare providers and facilities that are most likely to treat people who use drugs with respect and without discrimination.

…visit our Additional Resources page for more information.

Fentanyl Test Strips

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that can be up to 100 times as powerful as morphine and up to 50 times as powerful as heroin. Fentanyl testing strips and related education allows people to better understand their risk of an overdose.

Test the presence or absence of fentanyl and many fentanyl analogs (very closely related drugs) using these urine drug tests off-label.

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Naloxone Training

Naloxone training is available in-person through Trystereo’s hotline and for groups through our training and advocacy programs. You can also learn how to use naloxone from these short, 3-minute videos put together by our affiliates Next Naloxone:

Visit https://www.naloxoneforall.org/training for more information.

Trystereo offers intramuscular naloxone free of charge to anybody looking to reverse opioid overdoses. If available, we recommend nasal and autoinjector naloxone kits for people less comfortable handling needles.

Don’t have naloxone on hand? Not to worry, there are other ways to prevent overdose: through preparation.

Overdose Prevention

Overdose is most common when your tolerance is down (after incarceration, detox, or drug-free treatment), when drugs are mixed, and when using alone.

  • Be aware when using from a new source or using again after a break

  • Test for the presence of fentanyl with test strips

  • Use a buddy system, use with someone or tell somebody

  • Stagger your use when in a group so someone is available to respond if others fall out.

Recognize Overdose

Overdose looks like someone with shallow, slow, or no breathing. Lips and skin may be blue or ashy from lack of oxygen. If you recognize someone is overdosing,

  1. Try to wake them up: shout their name or form a fist and rub your knuckles on their chest or upper lip.

    If they are not responding to noise or pain…

  2. Place their body in the recovery position—on their side with their hands under their head and the top knee bent

  3. Call 911— Give your location, your phone number (in case the call is disconnected) and say “the person is unconscious and not breathing.” You don’t have to say drugs are involved until the ambulance arrives, and be smart when making the phone call: make sure there is no loud background noise, and chances are a police unit will accompany the ambulance but not investigate.

  4. While waiting for the paramedics, check: are they breathing? Make sure nothing is blocking their airway, then feel their nose and mouth for breathing. If their breathing is less than 1 breath for every 5 seconds, tilt their head back, pinch their nose closed, and give one slow breath every 5 seconds until the paramedics arrive.

ADDITIONAL OVERDOSE PREVENTION RESOURCES

 REQUEST A TRAINING

If you're interested in an Overdose Prevention and Response Training for your organization or business, please fill out our Training Request Form: 

 

STATE & LOCAL LAWS

 PHARMACY ACCESS

Intranasal and muscular naloxone formulations. Photo credit:  https://prescribetoprevent.org/pharmacists/formulations/

Intranasal and muscular naloxone formulations. Photo credit: https://prescribetoprevent.org/pharmacists/formulations/

 Any Louisiana pharmacy that receives a standing order can sell naloxone. Big name pharmacies, like CVS and Walgreen’s, were issued corporate-wide standing orders; most store at least one kit on site, available for purchase. If they do not store naloxone on-site, then they can order it by request.

Pricing is: without insurance $25-30 (you want 2 doses, so about $60), with most Medicaid plans $3 copay & $5 atomizer fee (does not include Ameritas plan)

In New Orleans, the following pharmacies store naloxone, so it’s immediately available. No ID or prescription necessary! 

 UMC Walgreens 

Address: 2000 Canal St #1201, New Orleans, LA 70112

Phone: (504) 758-3718

Hours: Monday - Friday: 9am - 5pm

Avita Pharmacy: Marine Building  

Address: 3308 Tulane Ave Suite 102, New Orleans, LA

Phone: (504) 758-3718

Hours: Monday, Thursday, Friday: 9am - 5:30pm, Tuesday & Wednesday 9-8:30pm, Saturday 8:30am-12:00pm

Avita Pharmacy: Tulane Tower    

Address: 2601 Tulane Ave Suite 445, New Orleans, LA

Phone: (504) 758-3718

Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Friday: 8:30am - 5:30pm, Wednesday & Thursday 8:30am -7pm

Crescent City Pharmacy 

Address: 2240 Simon Bolivar Ave, New Orleans, LA 70113

Phone:(504) 267-4100

Hours: Monday - Friday: 8am - 5:30pm

Saturday: 9am -12noon

Sunday: CLOSED

The pharmacist is required to explain three things before completing the sale of naloxone: 1. how to recognize signs of an opioid-related drug overdose; 2. How to store and administer it; and 3. emergency follow-up procedure, including calling EMS.