What is Naloxone?
Naloxone is a medication designed to reverse opioid overdose. It binds to opioid receptors and can reverse and block the effects of other opioids. It can quickly restore normal respiration to a person whose breathing has slowed or stopped as a result of opioid overdose.
Both NARCAN® Nasal Spray and EVZIO® are packaged in a carton containing two doses to allow for repeat dosing if needed. They are relatively easy to use and suitable for home use in emergency situations.
While Naloxone can save a life, it is a temporary solution and not a substitute for medical attention. Always get emergency medical attention as soon as possible.
Naloxone explained by the National Institute on Drug Abuse
Where can you get Naloxone?
Naloxone is available without a prescription from your doctor in most states and can be found in all major pharmacy chains. Click here to learn more about how to get NARCAN
All states have passed laws to increase access to naloxone in the community and homes where opioids are present.
In every state, residents can purchase naloxone directly from a pharmacist under a Statewide Naloxone Standing Order or Collaborative Practice Agreement. Many states have good samaritan laws to protect those utilizing Naloxone.
Use www.getnaloxonenow.org to help find Naloxone in your area. This site also has access to training for first responders and possible bystanders.
How to Spot an Opioid Overdose
How does someone overdosing act?
Loss of consciousness
Unresponsive to outside stimulus
Breathing is very slow and shallow, erratic, or has stopped
Choking sounds, or a snore-like gurgling noise (sometimes called the “death rattle”)
Pulse (heartbeat) is slow, erratic or not there at all
What does someone overdosing look like?
Body is very limp
Awake, but unable to talk or unresponsive
Face is very pale or clammy
Fingernails and lips turn:
For lighter skinned people, the skin tone turns bluish purple
For darker skinned people, tone turns grayish or ashen.
If you suspect someone is experiencing an overdose administer naloxone and get emergency medical help right away.
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