Opioids can slow or stop your ability to breathe. Naloxone can reverse the effects of the opioids, and restore the ability to breathe.
Naloxone is a safety measure, similar to a fire extinguisher. It’s good to have available, but hopefully you never need to use it.
Ensure a family member or loved one knows where to access the naloxone in case of an emergency.
Response to Overdose:
1. Check responsiveness
• Look for any of the following:
• No response, even after attempts to wake • Breathing slows or stops
• Lips and fingernails turn blue or gray
2. Call 911 and give naloxone
• If no reaction in 3 minutes, give second naloxone dose.
3. Do rescue breathing and/or chest compressions
• Follow 911 dispatcher instructions