About Us

Our Story

Narcare is a national non-profit organization that is dedicated to community empowerment to address the opioid crisis across the nation. Our efforts are guided by the fact that overdose deaths are preventable. Our goal is to provide everyone with everything they need to prevent an overdose death. This includes access to naloxone — a drug that can reverse an overdose —  and knowledge pertaining to opioid harm-reduction strategies. Despite its well-known and obvious effectiveness, most people do not have access to Narcan. That is why advocacy for easy access to Narcan is central to our work.   

To achieve our goals, we use a community-centric approach and provide entities such as businesses, homeless shelters, food banks, and residential and academic institutions with Narcan. Opioid overdoses are often the culmination of larger issues, such as poverty, addiction disorders, deteriorating mental health, and the homelessness crisis. Therefore, we collaborate with organizations that are addressing these issues, such as local and state government agencies, universities, health clinics, ethnic-based health boards, homeless shelters, and many more. 

We hope to counter the despair and apathy associated with the seemingly inexorable opioid overdose crisis by creating spaces where people can share their experiences with the opioid crisis. In today’s age of misinformation, victim-blaming, and xenophobia, it is critical to remember that overdose deaths are preventable. By empowering students, community members, businesses, and organizations with Narcan and overdose prevention awareness, we can reduce this needless loss of lives. 

Why We Started?

"We didn't think of it as an initiative, but instead as a necessity."

Although we had all learned about the opioid epidemic through newspapers and cable news, it had never felt more real. We were a group of four students, and each of us had experienced personal losses stemming from opioid overdoses within the last few years. Around our community, we also learned that even when we have effective solutions against the crisis, without proper distribution and education, we can never beat the opioid epidemic. So the four of us (Shubham Bansal, Mantej Randhawa, Cyril Clement, and Josef Dostal) decided to do something about the epidemic. We didn't think of it as an initiative but instead as a necessity. Despite the numerous roadblocks and barriers, we persevered to create the sustainable community-focused organization that Narcare is. We are very excited to see our efforts blossom and aid in addressing one of the biggest public health crises across the United States.