If a friend or family member is struggling with heroin addiction or prescription pain medication, it is important to know of Naloxone (also known as Narcan in brand name). This is a drug that is used to counter the effects of an opioid overdose, which includes heroin or morphine overdoses. The way it works is this: it counteracts life-threatening depression of the central nervous system, in addition to respiratory depression. This is vital for those dealing with abuse or addictions to heroin, prescription painkillers, and opioids in general, which is used immediately after someone begins to overdose. No longer does one have to wait hours just to receive emergency help 911 respondents; a person standing by, the overdose victims themselves, can reverse the effects of the overdose and save themselves from potential death.
However, it is advised to users and parents that the drug Naloxone should not excuse opioid use/abuse, even though it is readily available in many counties and other communities. Many users may attempt to take advantage of the overdose-reversal tool in order to take the drug freely; however, this is ill-advised because Naloxone does not help to reverse cravings, urges to use, or treat the disease of addiction itself. There are some possible side-effects to Naloxone including:
• change in mood
• sudden chest pain and more
Overall, Naloxone helps to block the action pain-reducing endorphins which are made by the body naturally. It is highly recommended by some addiction specialist, although controversy continues and whether or not it should be widely available to anyone. Aside from these controversies, it is important to note that Naloxone has many saved lives since its initial use, giving users a second chance or an eye opening experience for the person waking up from the overdose safely. Sometimes, a person must hit rock bottom before deciding to come clean from opioids, which may still not be enough since opioids are one of the strongest and most addictive drugs in the world today. Call your local emergency center to find out if they are equipped Naloxone, and whether or not you and your family need it for potential overdoses to come. In some cases, it is better safe than sorry when it comes to saving lives, or losing them. Naloxone can be injected into the muscle or under the skin, and the effects are felt immediately upon usage, helping the overdosed victim gain consciousness and control.
Family and Friends of Addicts—please remember—you can’t force an individual deal with an addiction problem. But you can offer support and arrange an intervention for addiction treatment. Reach out to us. Recovery from addiction is just a click or a phone call away. For more information on how to arrange an intervention for your loved one, contact us at:
Florida Center for Recovery – Addiction Treatment Center: 1-800-960-5041
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