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Opioid Overdoses Can Happen Anywhere, Anytime.
Naloxone Vending Machine – Free Nasal Spray and Injection Now Available
What is Naloxone?
Naloxone, commonly referred to as Narcan, is a medication that has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to rapidly reverse opioid overdose. It works as an opioid antagonist, which means that it binds to opioid receptors and can reverse and block the effects of other opioids such as heroin, morphine, and oxycodone. If a patient is showing signs of opioid overdose, naloxone is administered as a temporary treatment, and its effects do not last long. Therefore, it is critical to obtain medical intervention as soon as possible after administering or receiving naloxone.
Naloxone is Safe
One of the most significant advantages of naloxone is its safety profile. Naloxone has no opioid effects of its own and cannot be misused or abused. Here are several reasons why naloxone is safe for anyone to use:
Minimal Side Effects: Naloxone is well-tolerated and generally safe. The most common side effects are mild and short-lived, such as nausea, vomiting, or agitation.
No Risk of Overdose: It is impossible to overdose on naloxone. Administering naloxone to someone who is not experiencing an opioid overdose will not harm them.
User-Friendly: Naloxone is designed to be easy to use, even in high-stress situations.
Legal Protections: Good Samaritan laws provide legal protections to those who administer naloxone in good faith to help someone experiencing an overdose.
HOW TO USE NALOXONE FOR AN OPIOID OVERDOSE
INSTRUCTIONS FOR NALOXONE USE
KNOW THE SIGNS OF AN OVERDOSE
- The individual is passed out and you cannot wake them up.
- Check for slowed breathing or unresponsiveness.
- Lay the person on their back and tilt the head up.
CHECK TO SEE IF THEY RESPOND
- Shake them and shout to wake them up.
- If no response, grind your knuckles into their chest bone for 5-10 seconds.
Peel back the package to remove the device. Hold the device with your thumb on the bottom of the plunger and two fingers on the nozzle.
Place and hold the tip of the nozzle in either nostril until your fingers touch the bottom of the individual’s nose.
Press the plunger firmly to release the dose into the individual’s nose
Flip off the cap to reveal the latex seal on top of the bottle.
Turn the bottle upside down and pull the plunger on the syringe. Fill the syringe to 1 ml.
Inject into muscle such as the shoulders, thighs, or buttocks. Push the plunger all the way down.
This Gibson Center for Behavioral Change program is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award financed with non-governmental sources.