The number of overdoses and deaths related to opioid and heroin misuse and abuse have skyrocketed over the last decade, with a death toll and rate increase literally every year. While top notch addiction treatment centers and drug rehab facilities do their best to help those who are ready and serious about treatment, there are far too many who are not yet ready to journey into recovery and are staring death in the face on a minute by minute basis. So what do opioid and heroin addicts who haven’t made the decision to put the needle down do when they experience an overdose? Is there anyway to save their life?
What is NARCAN and Who Should Administer It??
NARCAN is an powerful antidote drug that literally and quickly reverses an opioid and/or heroin overdose in those who are experiencing it. NARCAN can be administered intravenously via an injection into the thigh, arm or buttocks or nasally using the nasal spray version of NARCAN by spraying it directly into the nose. NARCAN typically works within 5 minutes although administering it again may be necessary if signs of an overdose are still being seen after the first dose is given. NARCAN (Naloxone) works by removing the opioid that’s attached to the opiate receptors in the brain.
Today, NARCAN classes are being held across the nation and therefore, just about anyone can acquire/purchase and administer NARCAN. The problem is, an opioid / heroin overdose victim cannot administer it to themselves. For that reason, it is strongly advised that anyone who chooses to continue using opioids/heroin against the advice of Life Changes Addiction Treatment Center and other recovery organizations don’t use alone. Someone who insists on continuing to use heroin and/or opioids should also have NARCAN on-hand and whomever they are with should not only be aware of its whereabouts but be trained in how to use/administer it in the event an opioid overdose occurs.
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Written by William, Publisher and Founder of Kill the Heroin Epidemic Nationwide™, Heroin News and the National Alliance of Addiction Treatment Centers (NAATC)
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