Whether you are concerned about your addiction or a loved one, you must be prepared and informed regarding Narcan and its use. Overdose education is smart if you are hoping to reduce opiate-involved incidents. The more evidence-based facts you have, the easier it is to dispel myths about Narcan and increase the number of people who can carry such a life-saving medication as a first-aid tool for overdose prevention.
What Is An Overdose?
An overdose occurs if a toxic level of drugs or a combo of drugs overwhelms someone’s body. People can overdose on many things, including Tylenol, alcohol, opioids, and a mixture of several medications. Overdose might be reversed if you understand what to do and act appropriately. Whether you use or care about someone who does, you should always be prepared.
It is normal to have questions about Narcan (Naloxone). Here at Recovery NOW, we want to ensure all of our patients and their families are informed and understand how to use Narcan. These are some of the most frequently asked questions that we receive regarding this potentially life-saving drug:
Q: What is Narcan used for?
A: Narcan, also known as Naloxone, can quickly reverse opioid overdose from heroin, prescription opioids, fentanyl, and other drugs mixed with opioids. It can help to restore regular breathing patterns in just minutes for someone who has stopped breathing or whose breath has slowed.
Q: Can Narcan bring you back to life?
A: Yes, when administered correctly and in a suitable timeframe, it can bring someone back from overdose = back to life. It is a life-saving drug and should be used as such.
Q: How does Narcan make you feel?
A: Some common side effects after Narcan administration may include a stuffy nose, dryness in the nasal cavity, headache, and pain in the bone or muscles. For someone dependent on opioids, they may also have opioid withdrawal symptoms.
Q: What happens if you give Narcan to someone who doesn’t need it?
A: Narcan is there to help reverse the impact of opioid overdose. However, if you administer it to someone who is not overdosing, there is nothing to worry about. Narcan will not impact or create side effects for someone without opioids in their system.
It is essential to know that Narcan is not a drug addiction treatment. Someone with an addiction or dependence on opioids must go through the proper motions to receive treatment and gain the tools and skills to live a sober lifestyle.
Why Get Help At Recovery NOW?
It is vital for anyone dealing with opioid addiction to get the help they need at a professional facility that offers a safe environment. Here at Recovery NOW, we provide medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction, and we are available to help you learn more about carrying Narcan and how to administer it properly. Would you like to have a free consultation? Give us a call at Recovery NOW at 615-416-8010 for information.