Should anyone ever be caught in a situation where he/she or a loved one is experiencing an opioid drug overdose, know that they are not alone with the help of NALOXONE. In emergency situations where a prescription (Rx) drug or opioid overdose occurs, naloxone, also known as Narcan or EVZIO, is a non-addictive medication designed to treat that overdose by reversing its effects. It is literally a life-saving drug!
HOW IT WORKS:
Naloxone is an opioid antagonist. This means that it binds to opioid receptors within the brain. By doing this, the medication blocks the effects of
opioids and reverses them ultimately restoring a person to their normal function (e.g., breathing and heart rate). It can be administered through an injection into a muscle, under the skin, or into a vein through an IV by a trained professional (e.g., healthcare provider, emergency medical provider, etc.) or a trained family member/caregiver. It can also be administered as a nasal spray. For more information on naloxone, check out this webpage from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA):
If you are interested in attending or hosting a Naloxone training for your community or organization, the Georgia Prevention Project can connect you with the appropriate resources to get you started.
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