In 2018, 67,367 people died of drug overdoses in America. What the data does not convey is the human toll of this epidemic: we are losing over 185 lives a day, our children, parents, friends and neighbors.
Naloxone is a medication that can reverse opioid overdoses. It comes in three FDA-approved forms: Narcan® nasal spray, Evzio® auto-injector, and injectable naloxone. Naloxone works by binding to the same brain receptors that opioids do and pushing out the opioids that are causing the overdose.
Naloxone only reverses opioid overdoses, but is so safe that even if you’re not sure whether the medical emergency was caused by opioids, some other drug, or another medical condition, administering naloxone will not cause harm. When someone has taken powerful synthetic opioids like fentanyl, sometimes multiple doses of naloxone are needed to reverse the overdose.
Many states have a standing order prescription for naloxone, which allows laypeople to obtain naloxone from the pharmacy without having their own prescription for the medication. To find naloxone near you, call 1-833-301-HELP (4357)