How can I learn more about Naloxone?

Published 07/23/2015 09:29 AM   |    Updated 07/23/2015 09:29 AM
How can I learn more about Naloxone?

Nalaxone, also known as narcan, is the lifesaving drug antidote that reverses an opioid overdose. It has been used in ambulances and hospitals for decades to reverse overdose. It is legal and has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It works by neutralizing the opioids in your system and helping you breathe again. You can't get high from it and there are no known side effects or negative consequences of using naloxone.

In 2014, a bill was passed in Indiana that made it legal for all first responders to carry and administer naloxone. More information regarding first responders carrying naloxone can be found at http://www.in.gov/bitterpill/2385.html

On April 17, 2015, Senate Bill 406 went into effect that allows lay persons (the general public) to administer naloxone to a friend or family person who is experiencing an opioid overdose. A person may obtain a prescription for naloxone from their family physician and get it filled at their local pharmacy.

Entities such as treatment centers, overdose prevention organizations, community corrections, etc., can also dispense and train lay persons to administer naloxone. They are required to obtain a standing order from a medical prescriber. For more information go to the webpage that will be posted
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