NARCAN: WHAT IS IT AND WHERE CAN I GET IT?
Most people by now have heard of Narcan nasal spray (Naloxone HCL). But do you know when to use it and where you can get it?
Let’s start with some basic facts about the medication and why you would use it.
Narcan nasal spray is used to temporarily reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. It works by combining with receptors in the brain to block the effects of opioids, therefore reversing the effects of an overdose…temporarily.
Signs of an overdose include cold/clammy skin, pinpoint pupils, slow or absent breathing, extreme sleepiness or unresponsiveness, blue lips or nailbeds, and a slow heart rate.
Narcan was designed not only for first responders, but also for the lay person; it is very easy to use. Not only is it easy to use, but if the individual you give Narcan to did not overdose, the Narcan will not hurt that person.
If you suspect on overdose, call 911. If you have Narcan, after calling 911, administer the Narcan. More than one dose may be needed.
Along with being able to obtain Narcan at a pharmacy (with or without a prescription), you can now obtain it from the Danvers Health Department.
In collaboration with DanversCares and the Danvers Police Department, the Danvers Health Department has doses of Narcan for Danvers residents requesting it. The Public Health Nurse will educate you on signs and symptoms of an overdose and show you how to use Narcan.
Call Judith Ryan at 978-762-0208 to make an appointment to receive a FREE dose of Narcan.
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