Your community will be instrumental in combating the opioid overdose epidemic at home and across the country. By participating in the first wave of The HEALing Communities Study, you are helping to bring hope and healing to neighbors near and far. Thank you for taking part in this initiative.
Naloxone (also known as Narcan®) is a medicine that can save someone’s life if they are overdosing on opioids—whether it’s a prescription opioid pain medicine, heroin, or a drug containing fentanyl.
It is not a treatment for opioid addiction. Naloxone quickly blocks and reverses the effects of an overdose. You can tell it is working because it quickly helps a person breathe normally.
Signs of an opioid overdose include:
Carry naloxone with you every day. You can be a first responder. You can save a life.
For more information on laws that protect people who prescribe, carry, and use naloxone, please visit the Prescription Drug Abuse Policy System website.
Anyone—including you—can give naloxone to someone who is overdosing from a prescription opioid pain medicine, heroin or a drug containing fentanyl. Narcan® nasal spray is a ready-to-use, needle-free medicine that can be used without any special training. Narcan® requires no assembly and is sprayed into one nostril while the person lays on their back. The naloxone spray is small and can fit in your pocket, purse, or glove compartment.
Carrying naloxone does not mean that you encourage people to use opioids or other drugs. It just means that you don’t want them to die from an overdose. Naloxone is not addictive and cannot be used to get high. Actually, it can cause withdrawal.
If you have a family member or loved one who struggles with opioid addiction, you should have naloxone nearby. You should also ask your family and friends to carry it and should let them know where your naloxone is in case they need to use it.
People who previously used opioids and have stopped are at higher risk for an overdose. This includes people who have completed a detox program or have recently been released from jail, a residential treatment center, or the hospital. These people now have a lower tolerance for opioids and can overdose more easily.
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