CDC Naloxone Recommendation
Offer Naloxone to patients at an increased risk for opioid-related harms which include patients with:
- History of overdose
- History of substance use disorder
- Concurrent use with benzodiazepines, alcohol and opioids
- Intolerance and risk of returning to high dose (recent prison release)
- On >50 MME/day
Answers to The Myths
An opioid overdose is not a blissful stroll through the park. It is deadly, and many times these overdoses are accidental.
Typically, withdrawal wakes the victim, which can include vomiting, disorientation, and other undesirable side effects.
Before intervention or long-term treatment can begin for an overdosed victim, life-saving measures must be undertaken. A dead victim has no chance for recovery.
Naloxone can be abused and become addictive.
Naloxone cannot be used to get high. Naloxone is safe and effective with no potential for abuse.
Naloxone can be taken before using drugs to avoid an overdose.
Naloxone is only effective following an opioid-involved overdose. It removes opioids that have clogged the brain’s receptors and suppressed natural breathing, which can result in a heart attack if not given in time. Upon administration of Naloxone, victims of overdose enter opioid withdrawal, which can result in discomfort, but this can restart natural breathing and heart function saving their life. Also, multiple administrations may be needed depending on the strength and dosage of the opioid involved.
Naloxone is a crutch to allow drug addicts to keep using opioids without real consequences.
According to research, making Naloxone available to the public does not encourage people to use opiates more. The goal of releasing Naloxone to the public is to prevent unnecessary deaths by educating people how to recognize, prevent, and intervene during an overdose.
Save first, ask questions second, pass judgment…never.