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Narcan, a nasal spray form of naloxone, has recently been approved for non-prescription sale by the FDA. Read on to learn how it works to reverse opioid overdoes and save lives, and why you should make it part of your home safety plan!
Naloxone, or Narcan, is an opioid antagonist, which means it binds to opioid receptors in the central nervous system, where it reverses and blocks the effects of opioids. This can quickly reverse an opioid overdose and restore normal breathing. It's a safe medication without evidence of significant adverse reactions, and has no harmful effect on a person without opioids in their system. Most importantly, data shows that naloxone availability helps save lives:
Many people believe that drug addiction only happens in certain places or as an offshoot of criminal activity. But opioids are prevalent in medicine, and are extremely potent, habit-forming drugs. It hasn't been uncommon for people who have been legitimately prescribed opioid pain relievers to become dependent on them accidentally.
Many groups of people are at risk for an opioid overdose:
If you or a loved one has ever used opioids for any reason, Narcan is a must in your house. You may be able to save the life of a friend, family member, neighbor, or even a stranger.
Administering Narcan is simple! Each pack comes with instructions for use, and the three-step process for using the device is easy to remember:
It's crucial that the best emergency supplies are widely available, not just to professionals, but to everyone. That's why Mountainside Medical Equipment offers the best rescue supplies for your home, office, school, organization, or any other venue. Visit us today!
Using Narcan is even easier when you have a dedicated naloxone kit, like Mountainside Medical Equipment's Narcan Nasal Spray Kit. These all-inclusive kits have everything you need to stop an overdose, provided in a convenient and highly visible carrying case to save time when you need it most.