An advisory was issued by the U.S. surgeon general so that more American start carrying naloxone with them. That is because this substance can be used to help a person that is suspected or opioid overdose, and it can help him or her regain normal breathing.
This advisory is an important step forward in order to reduce deaths from opioid overdose. The chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, Lewis Nelson, also praised this initiative.
What is naloxone?
Naloxone is an opioid overdose antidote that can be very effective if it administered right after an overdose. That is the reason why naloxone should be available at all times, because it needs to be used right away.
If someone has a family member or knows that it is likely to meet someone likely to have an overdose, it would be recommended to carry naloxone. For example, police officers and first responders could use it in an emergency.
Naloxone is easy to administer as it is a nasal spray. Nonetheless, the person overdosing can’t usually use it, and a bystander should be the one to administer it. If you carry naloxone you should also inform yourself about the signs of overdose so that you can know when you need to use naloxone.
There are numerous health organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that can educate you on the topic, and you should also find plenty of information online. Naloxone can be bought normally at many pharmacies, but you should know that the prices are high. The auto-injector Evzio can be up to $4,500 and the brand version Narcan Nasal Spray costs $130. If you have a prescription for it you might have naloxone covered by your insurance, so that it would be cheaper.