Bystanders can safely and legally spray naloxone into the nose or inject it into a muscle. Into the nose (intranasal spray): The Naloxone for nasal use is given with a foam tip (nebulizer, adapter, or atomizer) that is put on a syringe then placed into the nostril. Intranasal Naloxone has [...]
The Good Samaritan overdose law in Washington State (RCW 69.50.315) prevents prosecution for drug possession for people who have an overdose or who seek medical help for someone else having an overdose. They will not be prosecuted for possession of drugs.
No. Take Home Naloxone is widely endorsed. In March 2012 the WA State Board of Pharmacy released a letter of support for Take Home Naloxone CDTAs. In addition, the American Medical Association and the American Public Health Association both have policies supporting the availability of Take Home Naloxone: Promoting Prevention [...]
Washington State law (RCW 69.50.315) allows anyone at risk for having or witnessing a drug overdose to obtain a prescription for Naloxone. Users, family members and concerned friends can all carry Naloxone in the same way people with allergies are allowed to carry an epinephrine syringe (“epi-pen”).
No. If you suspect an opioid overdose, it is safe to give naloxone. People who used opioids will then wake up and may go into withdrawal. Withdrawal is miserable, but it’s better than dying. Naloxone does not prevent deaths caused by other drugs such as benzodiazepines (e.g. Xanax®, Klonopin® and [...]
Naloxone is an antidote to opioid drugs. Opioids can slow or stop a person’s breathing, which causes death. Naloxone helps the person wake up and keeps them breathing. An overdose death may happen hours after taking drugs. If a bystander acts when they first notice a person’s breathing has slowed, [...]
Heroin, morphine, oxycodone (Oxycontin), methadone, hydrocodone (Vicodin, Norco), codeine, and other prescription pain medications are common opioids. For a more complete list, see NIDA’s page on commonly abused prescription drugs. Click here for pictures of opioids and other commonly abused drugs.
Research studies</a> have investigated this common concern and found that making Naloxone available does NOT encourage people to use opiates more. The goal of distributing Naloxone and educating people about how to prevent, recognize and intervene in overdoses is to prevent deaths. Other goals, such as decreasing drug use, can [...]
Take Home Naloxone can be obtained with a prescription from your physician or from any pharmacist in Washington under a Washington State Standing Order. However, many providers and pharmacies may not be familiar with Take Home Naloxone. Refer them to this website for more information on how to prescribe and [...]
It is a prescription medicine that reverses an opioid overdose. It cannot be used to get high and is not addictive. Naloxone is safe and effective. Emergency medical professionals have used it for decades. Click here for more information.
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