Surgeon General Advises Americans to Carry Naloxone
If you witnessed someone drowning and knew you could save their life would you? For most people, this is a no-brainer, of course, you would save them if given the opportunity. Recently, the United States Surgeon General, Dr. Jerome M. Adams issued a national advisory urging Americans to carry around Naxolone, which is a drug that can save the lives of people overdosing on opioids. Naloxone has already saved the lives of thousands of overdose victims and as the opioid epidemic continues it is important we fight back in any way we possibly can.
The Opioid Epidemic
If you haven’t been affected by the opioid epidemic, consider yourself extremely lucky. Over the past 15 years our nation has had a growing problem with prescription pills and illicit opioids, in fact, the number of overdose deaths from opioids has doubled from 21,089 in 2010 too 42,249 in 2016. Although there are many reasons why this number is continually growing, one of the factors is the rapid proliferation of illicit made fentanyl and other highly potent synthetic opioids. Many illicit drugs today are cut with fentanyl this increases the risk of fatal overdose. Prescription Opioids are also widely prescribed for chronic pain and this is another contributing factor. People who take their medicine “as prescribed” are still at risk for accidental overdose due to the high potency of these pain meds. The epidemic keeps getting worse, every day we lose 115 Americans to an opioid overdose- this number can be decreased if we all just carried this reversing antidote.
Naloxone- Time to Reverse the Overdose
Naxolone is an opioid antagonist that is used to temporarily reverse the effects of an overdose. It is commonly known as Narcan and works within two minutes. Naloxone can be injected or sprayed into the nose of the victim, it is very simple to use and can save someone’s life. Expanding the awareness of this initiative can help decrease overdose deaths all across America. Pretty soon Narcan will be widely available and sold at pharmacies nationwide there will also be community-based programs for people who are or who know someone at risk for an opioid overdose to train them on how to use Narcan. Naloxone is increasingly being used by police officers, emergency medical technicians, and non-emergency first responders to reverse opioid overdoses.
Information for the Public
- Everyone has a role in adressing this public health crisis.
- Contact your doctor or health professional about obtaining Narcan.
- Learn the side effects of opioid use and more importantly signs of overdose. IE pinpoint pupils, slowed breathing or loss of consciousness.
- Get training on how to use Naloxone.
- If you or a loved one has a drug problem, contact Elite Rehab Placement for help finding the right addiction rehab for you.