Naloxone, sold under the brand name Narcan, is a medication used to block the effects of opioids, especially in overdose. Although it can be administrated to an overdose victim in several ways, the most common is to spray it into the nose. The effects of Narcan usually only last about half an hour to an hour. Hospitalization is necessary to prevent the victim from dying. Narcan is a short-term, temporary fix!
Narcan buys the overdose victim time to allow emergency responders to arrive and transport them to the hospital for life saving treatment. It is an essential item to have on hand if you have a friend or loved one who is an opioid abuser. Typically, you would administer Narcan after dialing 911, or, better yet, while having someone else dial 911 when you encounter someone suffering the effects of an overdose.
The Sterling Heights Drug Free Coalition provides training on addiction, teaches how to recognize the effects of an opioid overdose, and demonstrates the administration of Narcan to an overdose victim. Upon completion of the two-hour training course, every participant is given two free doses of Narcan to have in case a friend or loved one accidentally overdoses.
- Email the Sterling Heights Drug Free Coalition to ask for training
- Call CARE of Southeast Michigan for other training opportunities at 586.541.CARE (2273) (Their hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday from 8:30AM to 8:30PM, Wednesday from 8:30AM to 5:00PM, and Friday from 8:30AM to 1:00PM.)
If you are experiencing a medical emergency, Dial 911