WATCH | Narcan could save a life

Most of you have heard of the life-saving drug NARCAN. However, many might still have questions. What is it exactly? How does it save someone’s life? Is it safe? The list goes and here are some answers.

What is Naloxone or Narcan?

Naloxone or NARCAN rapidly reverses an opioid overdose. The two key words there are | OPIOID OVERDOSE. As an opioid antagonist, it attaches to opioid receptors and reverses and blocks the effect of other opioids. Remember that NARCAN does not affect someone who does not have opioids in their system and is not a treatment for an opioid use disorder.

What are the different delivery systems for NARCAN?

The life-saving drug has two FDA-approved forms: injectable and prepackaged nasal spray. No matter what dosage form you use, it’s important to receive training on how and when to use naloxone. You should also read the product instructions and check the expiration date. Watch our video to learn more! ->

Can I give NARCAN (naloxone) to someone who has overdosed?

Yes! Family and friends with a loved one who struggle with an opioid addiction are encouraged to have NARCAN nearby. You should always call 911 immediately if you suspect someone is having an overdose.

If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, call ARC’s 24/7 Addiction Help Hotline at (888) 520-8736.

@arccenters Do you know how to administer Narcan? Watch this!! It could save a life! #narcan #narcansaveslives #recovery #addiction ♬ Aesthetic - Tollan Kim

Source: National Institute on Drug Abuse