The Importance of Naloxone

If someone is overdosing, it’s important you act quickly. It only takes 4 to 6 minutes before the lack of oxygen can lead to brain damage and even death. Administering naloxone can sustain a life until first responders arrive. Because overdoses are unexpected, it is important to carry naloxone as you would an allergy pen for severe allergic reactions.

Naloxone binds to the opioid receptors in the brain to block the effects of an overdose.

Understand How Naloxone Works

Opioids are depressants that can slow your breathing and heart rate. Naloxone can quickly restore breathing and oxygen flow to organs to a person whose breathing has slowed or stopped as a result of an overdose.

If someone is unconscious, always call 911. The Illinois Good Samaritan Law protects those overdosing and the ones who help.

Know What an Overdose Looks Like

An opioid overdose can be hard to notice because it looks very similar to sleeping. Take extra precaution if you notice snoring or gurgling sounds, no response to loud calls or shaking, blueish or greyish lips or finger nails, a pale face, and cold and clammy skin.

11 minutes

Every 11 minutes someone in the U.S. dies from an opioid overdose.7

NEXT:What is Fentanyl

Your drugs can be laced with fentanyl without you ever knowing. Know why this incredibly potent opioid is being cut into pill and powders and causing an influx of fatal overdoses in Illinois.