Naloxone HCL is a secure, extremely efficient chemical compound that reverses the results of opiates corresponding to heroin. It has been utilized in scientific settings as an emergency remedy for opiate overdose for 40 years. Naloxone has been accredited to be used in Canada for over 40 years and is on the World Well being Group Listing of Important Medicines. Naloxone has no potential for abuse – within the absence of narcotics it reveals primarily no pharmacologic exercise. Naloxone will work just for medicine within the opiate/opioid household – it’s not efficient for overdoses of different medicine corresponding to cocaine.
This remedy could be administered by a by-standard and is obtainable as a non-prescription in Canada. Please notice that Naloxone doesn’t change skilled medical remedy and “Emergency medical help (calling 911) ought to all the time be requested when an opioid overdose is suspected.” Well being Canada recommends calling first then instantly administering Naloxone. A number of doses could also be required to reverse an overdose.
What’s a NARCAN package and is it completely different than the nasal spray?
There at the moment are two frequent sorts of Naloxone obtainable in Canada: injectable and nasal spray administrations. NARCAN is the model that’s producing the merchandise obtainable in Canada. They produce each the NARCAN Kits which embrace the injectable naloxone and syringe, and the nasal spray. Relying on the place Naloxone is injected, it begins to work in lower than 2 minutes or as much as 5 minutes. The quickest strategy to administer naloxone is by injecting it right into a vein. The nasal spray results begin in 2 – 3 minutes. (1)
Each variations at the moment are obtainable as a non-prescription remedy. The injectable model was accredited by Well being Canada as non-prescription in March 2016 adopted by the nasal spray in October 2016.
How can Naloxone assist scale back the variety of medicine deaths?
Naloxone can play a serious function in stopping deaths – particularly if it may be administered to somebody in overdose as early as potential. To maximise the affect of Naloxone on drug deaths, it’s essential to have Naloxone obtainable on the scene of the overdose earlier than specialist assist arrives. Which means Naloxone must be obtainable to members of the neighborhood for emergency use. Observe that emergency providers ought to all the time be requested as quickly as an overdose is suspected then the Naloxone must be administered instantly.
The place Can I Entry Naloxone?
Naloxone is obtainable as a non-prescription throughout Canada and anybody is obtainable to hold it. Pharmacies carry Naloxone and a few provinces and non-profits provide Naloxone to take dwelling without spending a dime.
Coaching periods can be found via many organizations to discover ways to administer Naloxone.