What is Naloxone?
Naloxone is a medication that is a strong reversal agent for opioid overdoses by blocking the same receptor.
Common Brand Names: Narcan and Evzio.
This medication only works on opioid
overdoses. One should learn the signs of an
opioid overdose and learn how to administer the Naloxone. However, this medication is very safe. If you administer the Naloxone and the person isn’t overdosing on an opioid, it will not harm the individual.
Where do I find it?
Naloxone can be attained through your doctor, pharmacy, and health district. Most insurance will cover at least part of the costs.
stopoverdose.org provides a list of locations to attain Naloxone
5 Steps to an overdose situation
• Evaluate for signs of Opioid Overdose
• Call 911
• Administer naloxone – if not responsive after 2-3 minutes administer another dose
• Support the person’s breathing
• Monitor the person’s response
Is Naloxone legal in Washington state?
YES. RCW 69.41.095 says any person or “entity” (e.g., police department, homeless shelter) can obtain, possess, and administer naloxone. It also permits naloxone distribution under a prescriber's standing order.
Good Samaritan Law:
Washington's Good Samaritan Law provides some protection when calling 9-1-1 to save a life — even if drugs are at the scene. (RCW 69.50.315). You should give naloxone to anyone who has taken drugs and may be overdosing. Someone who is overdosing may stop breathing or their breathing may be slow and labored. Act fast! An overdose is life threatening. Give naloxone even if you do not know what kind of drugs a person took.
Please visit the Department of Health website for more information.
If you are interested in Naloxone training, please contact the Rayce Rudeen Foundation.
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