Most of you have heard of the life-saving drug NARCAN. However, many might still have questions. What is it exactly? How does it save someone’s life? Is it safe? The list goes and here are some answers.
What is Naloxone or Narcan?
Naloxone or NARCAN rapidly reverses an opioid overdose. The two key words there are | OPIOID OVERDOSE. As an opioid antagonist, it attaches to opioid receptors and reverses and blocks the effect of other opioids. Remember that NARCAN does not affect someone who does not have opioids in their system and is not a treatment for an opioid use disorder.
What are the different delivery systems for NARCAN?
The life-saving drug has two FDA-approved forms: injectable and prepackaged nasal spray. No matter what dosage form you use, it’s important to receive training on how and when to use naloxone. You should also read the product instructions and check the expiration date. Watch our video to learn more! ->
Can I give NARCAN (naloxone) to someone who has overdosed?
Yes! Family and friends with a loved one who struggle with an opioid addiction are encouraged to have NARCAN nearby. You should always call 911 immediately if you suspect someone is having an overdose.
If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, call ARC’s 24/7 Addiction Help Hotline at (888) 520-8736.
•Naloxone is a safe medicine. It only reverses overdoses in people with opioids in their systems.
•There are two FDA-approved formulations of naloxone: injectable and prepackaged nasal spray.
•Police officers, emergency medical technicians, and first responders are trained on how to give naloxone.
•In some states, friends and family members can be trained on how to give naloxone.
•Naloxone only works in the body for 30 to 90 minutes. It is possible for a person to still experience the effects of an overdose after naloxone wears off or need multiple doses if a potent opioid is in a person’s system.
•In some areas, you can get naloxone from pharmacies with or without a personal prescription from community-based distribution programs, or local health departments. The cost varies depending on where and how you get it as well as what type you get.
Source: National Institute on Drug Abuse