Armstrong-Indiana-Clarion Drug and Alcohol Commission is committed to making Naloxone available to members of our community, particularly people that use opioids and their family and/or friends, first responders (EMS, Fire Departments, and Police), and anyone else that wants to help save the life of an individual that is experiencing an overdose emergency.
Please contact any of our offices to discuss way to obtain Naloxone (Narcan®) at NO COST.
- Naloxone is a medicine that rapidly reverses an opioid overdose. It attaches to opioid receptors and reverses and blocks the effects of other opioids.
- Naloxone is a safe medicine. It only reverses overdoses in people with opioids in their systems.
- There are three FDA-approved formulations of naloxone: injectable, auto-injectable, and prepackaged nasal spray.
- Naloxone only works in the body for 30 to 90 minutes. It is possible for a person to still experience the effects of an overdose after naloxone wears off or need multiple doses if a potent opioid is in a person’s system.
- When you take an opioid, it binds to specific receptors in the brain, spinal cord, and gastrointestinal tract. That process minimizes the body’s perception of pain and causes feelings of euphoria—but it also triggers other body systems, such as those responsible for regulating mood, blood pressure, and breathing. And it’s these effects on breathing that can make opioids fatal. During an overdose, the drugs depress the user’s respiratory system so much that the user stops breathing completely.
- Naloxone is an opioid antagonist. That means naloxone binds to the same receptors as the opioid, displacing the opioid in the process and temporarily undoing its harmful effects.After naloxone has been administered to a someone experiencing an overdose, they can begin breathing again within a matter of minutes.
In all cases of a suspected overdose, you should call 911 immediately.