Importance of Naloxone
Opioid overdose is a growing issue in the United States. 1 out of 56 deaths in Missouri is because of opioid overdose. Fentanyl, morphine, and hydrocodone are common opioids you may have heard of at your pharmacy. Opioids are pain-slowing medication. The opioids we take will send signals to our brain. This signal keeps us from feeling pain, anxiety, and the “high” feeling.
Opioids can cause serious injuries or death. This is why we have naloxone. It is also known as Narcan. Naloxone is a blocking agent for these opioids. It will block the opioid signals that is going to the brain. This will quickly help the slowed or stopped breathing from opioid overdose to normal breathing. Naloxone is not just for prescription opioids overdose. It can also work with heroin overdose. Everyone must do their part to protect the community.
Naloxone is free through most insurance companies. St. Louis Hills Pharmacy can help you through this process. It is okay if you do not have insurance. There are St. Louis organizations that will help you get free naloxone.
- Missouri Network for Opiate Reform and Recovery: 4022 S. Broadway, St. Louis, MO 63118.
- St. Louis Empowerment Center: 907 Dock Street, St. Louis, MO 63147
Here are some signs and symptoms of opioid overdose
- Small pupils
- No response to name
- Slowed breathing or no breathing
- Cold skin and blue lips
- Making choking or gurgling sound
Always know how to use naloxone. There can be different packaging of naloxone. Ask your local pharmacist how to use naloxone. Do not forget to teach others in your house how to use naloxone. Visit MissouirHopeProject.org for more information about naloxone.