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Naloxone: What You Should Know

Naloxone: What You Should Know - overdose - Fair Oaks Recovery CenterWhat is Naloxone and what should you know about it?

Naloxone is an FDA-approved drug used to counteract the effects of an opioid overdose. When a narcotic overdose occurs, the individual will have labored (or may even stop) breathing, a slow heartbeat, and extreme drowsiness. Naloxone is not a cure for the overdose; instead, it will stop the symptoms for a period.

Naloxone is not intended to be the only defense in an overdose scenario; it is used to counteract the effects of the overdose until emergency medical help can arrive. Always call 911 when an overdose occurs.

If you are in a situation in which you suspect someone has overdosed, do the following:

  1. Confirm the person is unresponsive. Naloxone should only be used in an opioid-induced overdose on an unresponsive person. Their inability to open their eyes or speak are signs that they are completely unresponsive.
  2. Call 911 immediately. Be sure to let them know you are in an overdose emergency and that you have Naloxone and are going to administer it. They will give you immediate instructions on what to do; rescue breathing will be part of their instructions.
  3. Administer the Naloxone
    • There are three delivery methods for Naloxone:
      • Nasal spray
      • Auto injector
      • IV (injection given in the outer muscle of the thigh)

Each of these methods has its own instructions about how to deliver it. Be sure to follow those detailed instructions when administering Naloxone.

Being thrust into an overdose situation is overwhelming and frightening. Be calm, manage your own breathing, and stay focused. You have been given the chance to help someone out of a life-threatening situation and possibly get them on the road to recovery.

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