If you have a family member suffering from an opioid use disorder, consider getting a prescription for Naloxone and getting instructions for your family on how and when to use Naloxone. If you need it, Naloxone can counter the effects of opioid overdose and save the life of your loved one.
What is Naloxone?
Naloxone (also known by its trade name, Narcan®) is an “opioid antagonist”. In an overdose, opioids attach to too many receptors in the brain, causing life-threatening depression of the central nervous system and respiratory system. An opioid antagonist displaces the opioids that attached to the receptors. As a result, the respiratory system can resume normal breathing. Click here for an excellent visual presentation of how opioid antagonists work.
Naloxone is a non-addictive prescription medication that has no effect if a person has no opioids in their system and has no potential for abuse. Family members can learn to administer naloxone.
Need Naloxone? Reach out for help
If you have a family member suffering from an opioid use disorder, contact your physician and ask about Naloxone. In Pennsylvania, you can purchase naloxone without a prescription. Please click here to find a place that carries Naloxone.
If you need more help with your loved one, Dr. Ascher can work with you to arrange an intervention using a compassionate approach called ARISE. Dr. Ascher is also trained in Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT). In certain situations, Dr. Ascher can arrange for outpatient detox or withdrawal management in your home or hotel.
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