Overdose Prevention and Naloxone Access

Naloxone – known commonly by the brand name Narcan (R) - blocks the effects of opioids such as heroin, fentanyl, oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, and methadone in the brain.

Opioids slow breathing, and in an overdose breathing can slow to the point of death. Giving naloxone to someone who has overdosed restores normal breathing by reversing the effects of the opioids. It is safe, easy to administer, and has no potential for abuse.

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