Naloxone is a medicine that in many cases can rapidly reverse an opioid overdose. Naloxone is not effective in reversing overdoses involving non-opioid drugs.
How is it administered?
Different forms of Naloxone are administered differently. The most commonly used form of the medication is administered with a nasal spray. Other forms of the medication can be administered by injection into a muscle or through intravenous injection.
How does Naloxone work?
Naloxone works by quickly blocking the effects of opioids including Fentanyl. It does this by binding to the opioid receptors in the brain, and can help restore breathing in a matter of minutes.
Is someone who is revived by Naloxone safe from the effects of the opioids they ingested?
No, opioids can remain in the body longer than the effects of Naloxone last. It is critical that the overdose victim get medical care as soon as possible.
How can I learn how to administer Naloxone?
You can talk with your physician or pharmacist about how to properly administer the form of Naloxone you obtain. You should also take part in one of the two virtual training programs in the State of Pennsylvania. They are getnaloxonenow.org and PA Virtual training Network (PAVTN)