But while the media are reporting horror stories and prescribers are changing their practices and medical professionals are educating the public on the use of Narcan
, where's the treatment?
I want to send a message to the world that you don't want to come to Middletown to overdose, because someone might not come with Narcan
to save your life," councilman Dan Picard told the local newspaper, saying that refusing to take a third emergency call for an overdose might help alter behavior of drug users in his city.
We have trained our staff to recognize the signs of opioid overdose and how to administer the Narcan
and provide first aid until paramedics arrive.
Recognizing the signs and symptoms of overdose and learning how to properly administer Narcan
will allow first responders and those who work in emergency medical situations to respond quickly and confidently when faced with an overdose victim.
In addition to the Narcan
nasal spray product and the traditional injectable version, there is also an auto-injector version approved in 2014 (Evzio, from Kaleo) as well as kits that combine the syringe with a twist-on atomizer to create a nasal spray (from several manufacturers) that have been used by first responders for years but are not specifically FDA approved.
He was given a shot of Narcan
, an antidote used in suspected opioid overdoses, by first responders.
The first responder gives him a shot of Narcan
, an antidote used to reverse the effect of opioid overdoses.
Commonly known by its trade name, Narcan
, naloxone is the subject of an entire section of the bill.
These proposals include increased criminal penalties related to fentanyl, requiring health insurance carriers to adjust how they address substance use disorder services, establishing a commission to study issues relating to Narcan
, and requiring all public schools to provide age appropriate drug and alcohol education.
More than two years ago, pharmaceutical company Endo, which made naloxone trade-name product Narcan
, stopped selling it.
Marketed in the United States as Narcan
by Adapt Pharma, a partner of Lightlake Therapeutics, the nasal spray is known to stop or, in some cases, reverse the effects of opioid overdosing in patients.
She kept a vial of Narcan
by her bed, a drug that can reverse an opioid overdose, even though it was illegal for her to have it.