If you have questions about opioid reversal prescription medication, Naloxone, you’ve come to the right place. Our team of addiction specialists are Naloxone certified and we get questions about the life-saving overdose reversal drug all the time. Here we’ve compiled some of the most frequently asked questions about Naloxone including what it is and how it is helping people every day who are addicted to opioids.
What is Naloxone?
Naloxone is a prescription medication that reverses heroin and prescription opioid overdoses. Prescription opioids include morphine, hydrocodone, and oxycodone.
How Does Naloxone Work?
Naloxone blocks the effects of heroin and opioids on the brain and reverses overdoses. It works within minutes to restore breathing and help the person wake up.
Is Naloxone Safe?
Yes. Naloxone is non-toxic and non-narcotic. It has no potential for addiction and will not have any effect on a person that has not used heroin or other opioids.
How is Naloxone Administered?
Naloxone can be administered either through injection or a nasal spray.
Who Needs Naloxone?
Anyone who is at risk for an opioid overdose or family members and caregivers of someone at risk should have access to Naloxone.
What are the Next Steps Following Administration of Naloxone?
It is essential that the overdosed patient receive immediate emergency care.
After administration, call 9-1-1 and stay with the individual.
How Should Someone Find Help for Drug Addiction?
The crisis of overdose may make survivors more receptive to treatment. It is suggested that those who carry Naloxone have resources for addiction treatment available. Caregivers and Family Members can pre-arrange addiction treatment for their loved one with the free services offered by Recovery Addiction Services.