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What is Narcan?

Narcan is a medication capable of reversing opioid overdoses that is proving to be incredibly helpful as the opioid crisis worsens. The increased ease of access to Narcan has been indispensable in saving the lives of overdose victims. By giving Narcan to the families and friends of men and women who use opioids, the lethality of overdoses has been decreased and lives are being saved. It is vital that anyone who is in contact with opioid users, including family members, friends, and those who live or work in areas with a high rate of heroin use, have access to the lifesaving medication.

Naloxone, sold under the brand name Narcan, is a medication capable of reducing the respiratory and mental depression that results from opioid overdose. The drug acts as a non-selective and competitive opioid receptor antagonist. Heroin and other opioids work by binding to the opioid receptors in the brain. Naloxone counteracts overdoses because it has a stronger affinity to the opioid receptors and can knock the opioid off of the brain’s opioid receptors. According to the Harm Reduction Coalition, “naloxone is used in opioid overdoses to counteract life-threatening depression of the central nervous system and respiratory system, allowing an overdose victim to breathe normally.” The drug is able to rapidly restore normal respiration, allowing an overdose victim to breathe normally and survive the overdose.

Naloxone can be injected or administered nasally. Narcan is one from of naloxone that is delivered as a nasal spray. The National Institute on Drug Abuse explains, “The liquid for injection is commonly used by paramedics, emergency room doctors, and other specially trained first responders. To facilitate ease of use, NARCAN® Nasal Spray is now available, which allows for naloxone to be sprayed into the nose.” The nasal spray makes it easier for family and friends to administer naloxone to overdose victims, allowing them to quickly reverse the effects of opioid overdoses.

In Ohio, Arkansas, California, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, and Wisconsin, it is possible to obtain Narcan from CVS stores. Walgreens also allows one to purchase Narcan without a prescription in many states. For information about obtaining the lifesaving medication, please visit www.narcan.com or call your local pharmacy.

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