June 30, 2014

Naloxone Therapy Saving Lives

Naloxone Therapy Saving Lives

Naloxone has been a miracle drug for many of the overdose survivors who were fortunate enough to receive the treatment in time. Used to treat narcotic drug overdose, Naloxone has received positive reviews by first responders and others who frequently see or deal with addicts who are likely to overdose from opioid drugs or heroin. In some cases, family members can also have access to this drug for use in emergencies. Overdose victims should always be taken to an emergency room where other resuscitative measures are available in case of acute poisoning.

Naloxone prevents or reverses the effects of opioids including respiratory depression, sedation and hypotension. When Naloxone hydrochloride is administered intravenously, the onset of action is generally apparent within 2 minutes. The onset of action is slightly less rapid when it is administered subcutaneously or intramuscularly. Intramuscular administration produces a more prolonged effect than intravenous administration. Repeat doses may be administered dependent on the amount of opioid being antagonized.

The drug Naloxone is often successful in preventing death from overdose, but should never be considered a preventative for abuse of prescription or illegal opioid drugs. After a near-death experience, individuals often find a renewed interest in life and seek treatment for addiction. Addict, family and friends should be aware that relapse is common in recovery and be prepared with a plan of action.

A trained therapist can help with family counseling that can provide a safety net for someone suffering with addiction. It is important to find professionals who are committed to you and your recovery by helping you uncover the deep underlying issues that cause addiction in the first place.

Healing your mind, body and spirit will lead to ending addiction for good.



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