Naloxone Saves Lives – Learn What You Can Do
Naloxone (Narcan™) is an opioid antagonist—meaning that it binds to opioid receptors and can reverse or block the effects of other opioids. It can very quickly restore normal respiration to a person whose breathing has slowed or stopped as a result of abusing heroin or prescription opioids, or accidentally ingesting too much pain medication.
Naloxone Training Resources from Oregon Health Authority
Opiate overdose requiring lifesaving treatment occurs in a wide variety of settings and circumstances, creating a need for training a variety of overdose responders. In recognition of this need, Oregon law authorizes a wide range of organizations to provide training on lifesaving treatments for opiate overdose, including public health authorities and organizations and other appropriate entities that provide services to individuals who take opiates.
(This training protocol was developed in response to Oregon Laws 2013, Chapter 340.)
<!–INJECTABLE Naloxone training video (Multnomah County Health Dept.)
INJECTABLE Naloxone training video (Multnomah County Health Dept.)
NASAL Naloxone training video (Multnomah County Health Dept.)
Southern Oregon Community Resources for Naloxone
Naloxone is now available for bystander use in Oregon. It has proven to be a very useful, and completely safe, public health measure to reduce opioid overdose deaths. It can be given parenterally or intra-nasally. Those at risk are: heroin and other opioid abusers, those on high doses of opioid pills, individuals mixing opioids with sedative hypnotics, those who have previously overdosed, and those with underlying respiratory problems (sleep apnea and COPD).
Currently all Medford Police officers are carrying naloxone in their patrol cars and we expect within a few months all law enforcement in Jackson County will be naloxone capable. Our hope is to get naloxone into the hands of all who might need it.
The local Coordinated Care Organizations, AllCare and Jackson Care Connect, both support the use of Naloxone. Currently, both organizations are working on policies and procedures to include it on their formularies.
- Learn what Washington state has done for Naloxone distribution. – Northwest Center for Public Health Practice
- A provider’s guide to prescribing naloxone to patients who use opioids – San Francisco Department of Public Health
- PrescribeToPrevent.org – Naloxone advocacy group website. How to start prescribing and dispensing naloxone (Narcan) rescue kits, and further information and resources.
- Naloxone: A Potential Lifesaver – NIH NIDA Article
- The Antidote: Can Staten Island’s middle-class neighborhoods defeat an overdose epidemic? – New Yorker Magazine
Video by the New York City Department of Health.
A community health worker demonstrates the proper use of Naloxone (Narcan™) to stop overdoses from heroin or other opioids. Also, hear from people whose lives were saved.