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Should North Peoria Residents Learn How To Administer Naloxone

Posted on April 30, 2016 in Health

If you have a heart attack in a public space, like a shopping mall, chances are, there is an AED machine on-site to possibly save your life.  If you have an anaphylactic reaction to bee stings, you likely carry an epinephrine device that anyone can use to save your life.  Similar technology exists to save a person from opioid overdose, but availability is scarce and few people know how to administer it. People can get addicted to drugs like Naloxone therefore a drug rehab in North Peoria is in place just in case this new drug gets out of hand for certain users who need it.


The uses of Naloxone

Naloxone reverses the effects of opiate overdose.  With opiate abuse on the rise, particularly in young people (including prescription opiates like morphine and illegal opiates like heroine), naloxone could save more than 30,000 lives per year. There is a risk with Naloxone and the drug rehab North Peoria is trying to prevent the negatives of the drug. It works best if administered quickly, but currently few options exist for rapid access (hospitals being the most common resource).  Naloxone can be injected, but an easy nasal application exists as well.


Signs of opioid overdose

It can be difficult to distinguish between an overdose and someone just being high.  The following list may be of assistance.  If in doubt, it is safer to treat a situation like an overdose.

  • Unable to speak, possibly unconscious
  • Limp body
  • Clammy, pale skin
  • Blue, purple or black fingernails and lips, possibly bluish or grayish skin all over
  • Erratic, slow, or stopped breathing
  • Erratic, slow, or stopped heartbeat
  • Vomiting
  • Unresponsive

Administering naloxone

These days, drugs are more likely to be mixed chemical cocktails, particularly illegal opioids, like heroine. Fentanyl and other chemicals can be up to 50 times more potent than heroine of past decades, leading addicts to self-administer the same “dose,” only to overdose.  Nasal naloxone is simple to administer, and can even be administered to an unconscious individual. Results are fast: within a few minutes results are usually reversed and the victim of overdose can be transferred to longer-term care.

Hospitals and addiction care facilities such as the substance addiction North Peoria one, are often armed with naloxone to counteract the effects of overdose. Police officers often are as well.  In a growing number of areas, families of addicts are arming themselves to protect family members from overdose until freedom from addiction occurs.  Training is fast and simple, similar to training in first aid, CPR or AED administration. Good Samaritan laws that protect first aid responders also cover naloxone administration, when administered in good faith.  North Peoria residents should join with communities across the country and learn how to administer naloxone.  You may just save a life.