The number of overdoses and deaths related to opioid and heroin misuse and abuse have skyrocketed over the last decade, with a death toll and rate increase literally every year. While top notch addiction treatment centers and drug rehab facilities like Life Changes Addiction Treatment Center do their best to help those who are ready and serious about treatment, there are far too many who are not yet ready to journey into recovery and are staring death in the face on a minute by minute basis. So what do opioid and heroin addicts who haven’t made the decision to put the needle down do when they experience an overdose? Is there anyway to save their life?
What is NARCAN?
NARCAN is an powerful antidote drug that literally and quickly reverses an opioid and/or heroin overdose in those who are experiencing it. NARCAN can be administered intravenously via an injection into the thigh, arm or buttocks or nasally using the nasal spray version of NARCAN by spraying it directly into the nose. NARCAN typically works within 5 minutes although administering it again may be necessary if signs of an overdose are still being seen after the first dose is given. NARCAN (Naloxone)works by removing the opioid that’s attached to the opiate receptors in the brain.
Who Should Administer NARCAN?
Today, NARCAN classes are being held across the nation and therefore, just about anyone can acquire/purchase and administer NARCAN. The problem is, an opioid / heroin overdose victim cannot administer it to themselves. For that reason, it is strongly advised that anyone who chooses to continue using opioids/heroin against the advice of Life Changes Addiction Treatment Center and other recovery organizations don’t use alone. Someone who insists on continuing to use heroin and/or opioids should also have NARCAN on-hand and whomever they are with should not only be aware of its whereabouts but be trained in how to use/administer it in the event an opioid overdose occurs.
Let Life Changes Addiction Treatment Center Save Your Life and Jump Start Your Recovery
Life Changes Addiction Treatment Center can help addicts learn to live and love life again free from mind-altering substances. While NARCAN (Naloxone) is a considered a powerful opioid overdose antidote, it is not meant for long-term use or treatment of opioid and heroin addiction.
Life Changes customizes an individual treatment plan and program that’s designed specifically for each client. Treatment also includes working with families and friends and teaching them how to encourage/support/love the addict after initial treatment. Life Changes can help to get the ball rolling. But family and friends play a vital role in the ongoing success of each client after initial treatment at drug rehab.
Our staff is both caring and experienced and provides resources that can produce ongoing support after clients leave. You are invited to our beautiful drug rehab facility in West Palm Beach, Florida. Give us a call at (561) 301-1119 and let us help you get your life back on track.
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