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
Look for any of the following:
- No response, even after attempts to wake
- Breathing slows or stops
- Lips and fingernails turn blue or gray
If no reaction in 3 minutes, give second naloxone dose.
Follow 911 dispatcher instructions.