how is narcan used in opioid overdoses?

In the event of an overdose, Narcan can be a life-saving drug. It is used to reverse the effects of opioids and help restore breathing. Let’s look at how Narcan works in those situations.

Opioid Antagonist

Narcan is an opioid antagonist, which means it works against the effects of opioids. When given to someone who has overdosed on opioids, Narcan will quickly bind to the receptors in the brain that are affected by opioids. This will reverse the effects of the opioids and help restore breathing.

Narcan can be given as an injection or a nasal spray. The dose of Narcan will vary depending on the person’s weight and the severity of the overdose. It is used by emergency medical personnel and also by loved ones of those at risk of an opioid overdose.

Having a Narcan kit on hand and knowing how to use it can save lives. However, Narcan should not be used routinely or as a substitute for treatment. Once an overdose victim is revived, it is critical that they begin treatment for their addiction.

Treatment Options

Opioid treatment is challenging and one of the most important factors is having buy-in from the person receiving treatment. That is where an intervention is critical. 

At All About Interventions, we specialize in the invitational method of intervention. With a 98% success rate and over 25 years of experience, we have seen the amazing impact it has when people choose to seek a healthy life.

We provide you with the guidance and tools you need to help your loved one during the intervention. We also travel around the world as needed to help lead interventions on-site and in a safe, constructive way.n

Contact Dr. Louise for a free consultation.